Posted at 1:17 AM on February 3, 2010
by Ward Jacobson
Filed under: Programs
Sergei Rachmaninoff came to America in the wake of the Bolshevik Revolution - all he brought with him was his family and his talent.
Rachmaninoff had to make money quickly, so he put composition and conducting on the shelf and went on extensive concert tours as a pianist. It wasn't until 1926 that he felt secure enough to take a break and start writing again.
Stay up late tonight and hear the end result of some of that writing - Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4, played by Peter Donohoe with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Our weekly Euro Classic concert was recorded in February, 2009 at Hong Kong's Kwai Tsing Theatre and an exclusive performance awaits you tonight (12:05am, Thursday) on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
On today's Performance Today, it's the first in a new monthly series "Music that Matters."
Fred brings us a story about the Reverie Harp. It's an instrument that anyone can pick up and play beautifully with no practice or musical skill. (How about that?!)
It's now being used in hospice and therapeutic settings - and it just happens to be made in Minnesota!