Kirill Karabits conductor
Mozart The Marriage of Figaro: Overture
Rachmaninov Symphony No.3
1 hour, no interval.
About the performance
A drunken conductor almost ruined a young Sergei Rachmaninov’s compositional career. It’s said a bleary-eyed Alexander Glazunov barely glanced down at the score of Rachmaninov’s First Symphony when conducting the work’s premiere in 1897. It was a disaster. The young composer’s confidence was shattered.
He did return to symphonic composition, but only twice more. His second premiered in 1908 and the Third Symphony almost three decades later in 1936.
Forced from his beloved homeland by the 1917 revolution, Rachmaninov’s third symphony reflects a bittersweet nostalgia for old Russia. Moving away from the plush romanticism of his youth, the symphony’s shifting moods; brooding, swooning and quietly atmospheric, culminate in an exhilarating finale.
Young Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits leads this concert of two contrasting works, where the powerful emotion of Rachmaninov is met with the refined, delicate charm of Mozart’s overture to his perennially popular opera, The Marriage of Figaro.
A suite of curriculum-linked pre-concert resources will be issued to all school ticket holders prior to your excursion, extending your school’s experience well beyond the concert itself!