GREENSBORO, North Carolina (9/15/2021) – Starting the 2021-2022 Masterworks season with some of classical music’s biggest hitters, the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO) is delighted to announce Treasures of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday September 25, 2021, at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. The Tangier Center, which houses the largest Meyer Sound Constellation acoustic system in the United States, will use it for the first time for this exciting GSO concert! The program includes Glinka’s Overture of Ruslan and Ludmila followed by guest pianist Olga Kern playing Tchaikovsky’s timeless Piano Concerto No.1 and ends with Beethoven’s happy seventh symphony.
Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is recognized today as one of the great artists of her generation. With her lively stage presence, passionately confident musicality and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Kern, from a family of musicians with direct ties to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, began studying the piano at the age of five. She launched her career in the United States with her historic gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, TX, as the first woman to do so in over thirty years. Steinway artist and First Prize in the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at seventeen, Kern is the winner of numerous international competitions. In 2016, she was president of the jury of the seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and the first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of Artistic Director. Kern frequently gives masterclasses and, since September 2017, has been on the piano faculty of the prestigious Manhattan School of Music.
The evening’s program opens with Mikhail Glinka’s catchy overture to the 1842 opera Ruslan and Ludmilla. The overture is a favorite curtain raiser and one of the most popular centerpieces in Western music. Next, BSG shares the stage with Olga Kern in Tchaikovsky’s well-known and highly regarded First Piano Concerto. Famously criticized by his original performer, Nikolai Rubinstein, he later reconsidered his opinion and claimed that it was a masterpiece. Closing the evening is one of the most beloved symphonies ever written – Beethoven’s Ecstatic Symphony No.7. Composed in 1812, the symphony was almost universally praised after its completion. The second movement remains one of Beethoven’s most recognizable compositions and, even today, it is often performed separately.
With two of the most well-known names in music opening the 2021 GSO season and the incredible acoustics of the Meyer Sound Constellation system at Tanger Center, you definitely won’t want to miss Treasures of Tchaikovsky and Beethoven!