Lukas Vondracek Plays Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto
The Colorado Symphony and its music director Brett Mitchell present a thrilling program comprised of movement-infused ballets and Rachmaninoff's astonishingly technical Third Piano Concerto. The evening kicks off with Aaron Copland's 1938 ballet suite Billy the Kid, an Americana folk-infused piece propelled by cowboy tunes. Dancers then take to the Boettcher Concert Hall to perform alongside the ensemble during a rousing performance of Leonard Bernstein's Facsimile, a ballet inspired by a tumultuous love triangle.
The evening comes to a close with Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto, a piece so demanding that it is respected and even feared by many a concert pianist. Proving his mettle, Czech piano virtuoso Lukas Vondracek steps up to the task after winning the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 2016. No stranger to performing with the world's leading orchestras, Vondracek's star is firmly on the rise in classical circles.