Rachmaninoff Birthday Celebration

WHEN: April 9, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet; Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20 / RCC Members $15

Performers:
Vagram Saradjian, cello
Tatiana Gerasimova, piano
Oleg Sulyga, violin

Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is one of the most formidable pianists of the 20th century and the last truly great composer in the Russian Romantic tradition. Early influences of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov gave way to Rachmaninoff’s personal musical style full of lyricism, expressive breath, structural ingenuity and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.

The program includes first movement of Rachmaninov’s Trio Elegiaque in D minor  written in memory of Tchaikovsky in 1893.

Vagram Saradjian studied at Moscow Conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich. He appeared with leading orchestras and conductors, such as Gergiev, Rostropovich, M. Shostakovich and Y. Temirkanov. Mr. Saradjian is a professor of cello at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

Tatiana Gerasimova actively performs in solo concerts as well as with instrumentalists, ensembles and vocalists throughout Russia, Europe, and USA. She teaches piano at Moores School of Music.

Oleg Sulyga is a violinist of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Mercury Baroque. As orchestral musician he has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony.  Mr. Sulyga has been a participant of numerous international festivals worldwide such as Prague Spring, Pacific Music Festival, Colmar International Music Festival, and Schlezwig-Holstein Festival.

Event Sponsors

City of Houston

Houston Arts Alliance

This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance

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