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Celebrity Concert: Peter Donohoe plays Rachmaninov

World-renowned pianist Peter Donohoe, a winner of the coveted silver medal in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, returns to Liverpool as our soloist in Piano Concerto No 3 by Sergei Rachmaninov.
This concerto is regarded as one of the most technically challenging of all the standard piano repertoire and is both thrilling and romantic in performance. Rachmaninov treats us to some of his most appealing music, melody follows melody with unerring facility.

Peter Donohoe CBE., was born in Manchester in 1953. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music, graduated in music at Leeds University, and went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and then in Paris with Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod. He is acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time, for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique.
He constantly travels worldwide so we are delighted to have him stop off with us in Liverpool. Already his season has included as soloist with the LSO and Simon Rattle for four performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie in London, Edinburgh, and Bucharest. Then to Philadelphia USA followed by Dubai to adjudicate the 3rd Classic Piano Competition 2024.

The concert opens with the tone poem Scheherazade, by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This music is an orchestral tour-de-force based on One Thousand and One Nights, the well-known collection of Middle Eastern folk tales. Throughout the work Rimsky-Korsakov uses his prevailing theme as The Sea in all its many guises. We go from calm to a major storm, to a quiet and peaceful evening. Scheherazade is packed full of luscious orchestration and melody.
Concert start time: 3pm. Tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk £20
Tung Auditorium, University of Liverpool, 60 Oxford Rd. Liverpool, Merseyside L7 3NY
Sun 21 April
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