Showstopping pianist Yuja Wang joins the Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, in a tribute to Sergei Rachmaninoff featuring all four of his virtuosic piano concertos, as well as the beloved “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” and the composer’s final orchestral work, “Symphonic Dances,” across two weekends, Feb. 9-12 and Feb. 16-19, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
“Listening to his music, it’s just the most sensuous and passionate thing. I don’t know where he got it,” Wang said of Rachmaninoff. “Every time I play his music, it’s a gift.”
In celebration of this historic pairing, the LA Phil Humanities Initiative has teamed up with Beverly Hills cultural historians to offer “Rachmaninoff Was Here: The Golden Age of Beverly Hills Bohemianism,” a series of public programs inviting audiences to explore the artistic communities that were flourishing during the composer’s brief but important time in the Los Angeles area.
When the Russian-born Rachmaninoff and his family took up residence in Beverly Hills in 1942, he entered a creative community of musicians, authors and filmmakers – many of whom were also émigrés, having fled Europe at the start of World War II. It was a time of incredible artistic and intellectual activity nurtured by the salons and private performances taking place in Beverly Hills homes, gardens and estates, including Rachmaninoff’s own.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave. For tickets and information, visit laphil.com.
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