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Masterworks 8: Russian Passions
Spokane, Washington
Saturday, 28 March 2020 - 8:00 PM (Tickets)
Sunday, 29 March 2020 - 3:00 PM (Tickets)
Presenter: Spokane Symphony
Ensemble: Spokane Symphony
Conductor: James Lowe

Johnston-Fix Foundation

One of the best pianists of his generation, Rachmaninoff wrote Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini to showcase his own talent. This set of 24 variations on a theme by the 18th century virtuoso violinist includes the breathtaking music heard in the movie, Somewhere in Time. Tchaikovsky described his Sixth Symphony, nicknamed Pathétique — from the Russian word for ‘passionate’ — as “the best thing I ever composed or shall compose.” In it, Tchaikovsky transforms the traditional symphony, ending not with fanfare and joy, but with impassioned agony that fades into a whisper. Stravinsky’s Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss is a tribute to Tchaikovsky, his childhood idol.

Come early for a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance. Doors open 90 minutes before the concerts.
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Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 6 in B minor, Op. 74 "Pathétique"
Conductor: James Lowe
Ensemble: Spokane Symphony
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