Olga Kern is the soloist for Wednesday’s Bravo! concert in Vail | VailDaily.com

Olga Kern is the soloist for Wednesday’s Bravo! concert in Vail

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado

VAIL ” The Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival will host the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra tonight through Friday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Lead by Conductor Christopher Seaman, and joined by Pianist Olga Kern, the orchestra will play the fourth in a series of six concerts at 6 p.m. tonight.

Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Pyotr II’yich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. Winner of the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition when she was 17, she is a laureate of 11 international competitions and has toured throughout her native Russia, Europe, and the United States, as well as in Japan, South Africa, and South Korea. The recipient of an honorary scholarship from the President of Russia in 1996, she is a member of Russia’s International Academy of Arts. She began her formal training with teacher Evgeny Timakin at the Moscow Central School and continued with Professor Sergei Dorensky at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where she was also a postgraduate student. She also studied with Boris Petrushansky at the acclaimed Accademia Pianistica Incontri col Maestro in Imola, Italy.

The program includes:

– The Overture to Richard Wagner’s opera, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. This Prelude is based entirely on themes from the opera.

– “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paginini” for piano and orchestra featuring Kern on piano. Rachmaninoff, though a controversial figure in many music circles, is a gifted lyricist and craftsman, both traits highlighted in this work.

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– Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73. This work took Johannes Brahms nearly 20 years to complete. Brahms was considered the heir to Ludwig van Beethoven in the great German tradition, an expectation that made him understandably anxious. However, this work helps to cement him as one of the great symphonists of all time.

The 21st annual Bravo! festival continues through Aug. 2 with performances by The Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. Visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org for more information.

What: Olga Kern plays with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

When: Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Where: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

Cost: Tickets range from $23 to $59.

More information: Call 877-812-5700 or visit http://www.vailmusicfestival.org.

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