THE GSO PRESENTS “GENIUS AGAINST TYRANT” NOVEMBER 5 & 6, 2016

The Greenville Symphony Orchestra Presents “Genius Against Tyrant” featuring Pianist Dmitri Levkovich on November 5 & 6, 2016

October 5, 2016

Musicians from the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Edvard Tchivzhel, will present the second Masterworks Series concert of the 2016-2017 season, “Genius Against Tyrant” featuring the young, Canadian virtuoso, Dmitri Levkovich, on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Peace Concert Hall.

The concert begins with Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43.  This composition for solo piano and symphony orchestra closely resembles a piano concerto.  The work is divided into twenty-four variations based on the 24th Caprice for Solo Violin written by Niccolo Paganini.  These twenty-four variations can either be performed continuously or in three sections, resembling the structure of a concerto.  Guest pianist Dmitri Levkovich will captivate and shine in this incredibly beautiful and popular work.

Winner of seventeen international piano competitions, pianist and composer Dmitri Levkovich is a rapidly rising star in the orchestra world.  Mr. Levkovich’s performances have taken him to every continent except Africa.  He has appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls and festivals including the International Piano Festival at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts.  He has collaborated with conductors Vladimir Spivakov, Jahja Ling and George Pehlivanian and has appeared as a soloist with numerous ensembles, among them the Cleveland Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the China National Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Portugal.  Many of his performances have been broadcast on television and radio.

The concert continues and closes with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, Op. 93 in E minor.  Written after Joseph Stalin’s death in 1953, Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony depicts the suffering and struggles of the Russian people under Stalin’s regime as well as their resistance to oppression.  The terrifying second movement, Scherzo, draws a brutal, violent image of the blood thirsty dictator.  Fortunately, the unrestrained joy of liberation which is boiling in the victorious last movement, finishes the symphony on a triumphal note.

Speaker Paul Hyde will lead a Pre-Concert Talk one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday performances backstage in the rehearsal room of the Peace Concert Hall.  Pre-Concert Talks give interesting insights to the program and composers to enhance your concert experience.  These talks are free of charge and last approximately 45 minutes.

Tickets to the Greenville Symphony Orchestra’s “Genius Against Tyrant” concert range from $18 to $69.  For ticket information, contact the Peace Center box office at (864) 467-3000 or toll-free at (800) 888-7768 and online at peacecenter.org.  For more information about the concert, visit the Greenville Symphony Orchestra website at greenvillesymphony.org.

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The Greenville Symphony Orchestra is dedicated to providing educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Greenville and surrounding communities through the presentation of live and orchestral music.  Offering excellence in live musical performance, the orchestra enriches lives, educates minds, and encourages community support of the arts.

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