Musical Evening with Maestro Hans Graf

When: November 14, 2011 at 7:30pm

Where: 2337 Bissonnet St; Houston, TX 77005

Admission: $20 (RCC members $16) Please, purchase tickets in advance as sitting is limited.

Sergei Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered to be one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom that included a pronounced lyricism, expressive breadth, structural ingenuity, and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.

Program Includes:

  • Documentary about Sergey Rachmaninoff
  • Presentation by Maestro Hans Graf
  • Suite for 4 hands Op. 11
  • Selection of Preludes and Etudes (solo pieces)
  • Selection of Romances

Hans Graf, Music Director of Houston Symphony. Known for his intensely musical interpretations of a wide ranging repertoire and creative programming, the distinguished Austrian conductor, Hans Graf, is one of today’s most highly respected musicians.

Performers: Ekaterina Ryndina-Loudermilk, Matthew Loudermilk and Karol Bennett.

Ekaterina Ryndina-Loudermilk, a graduate of Gnessin’s Music Academy in Moscow, came to Houston in 2002 to study at Rice University on the President scholarship. She has performed internationaly in Bolshoi Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Rudolfino Hall and National Art Museum in Prague and Study Hall in Houston.

Matthew Loudermilk is a first prize winner the Young Texas Artist Competition, San Antonio Tuesday Music Club piano competition, and second prize at the 2002 National Career Awards Competition in Florida. His performances throughout the United States include appearances at the NFMC national convention in New Orleans, Severance Hall in Cleveland, the Gilmore Festival in Michigan, the Cincinnati Art Museum, and others.

Karol Bennett is hailed for her “sumptuous sound, wrenching poignancy, and faultless musicianship” (The New York Times). An internationally acclaimed soloist, she has appeared locally as with the Houston Symphony, Da Camera of Houston, Musiqa, Ars Lyrica and more and at the Round Top and Victoria Bach Festivals.

Wine will be served.

For more information on this event please contact us at (713) 395-3301

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