Concert Archive - 2012-13 Season - Russian Masters

Published in Masterworks

October 26-27 | 8 PM Abravanel Hall

Gerard Schwarz, Conductor
Lukas Geniusas, Piano

Shostakovich - October
Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Borodin - Symphony No. 2 in B minor
Rimsky-Korsakov - Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan

Hear four of Mother Russia's most important musical sons. Borodin and Rimsky-Korsakov were part of the Russian Five, a group of composers dedicated to the development of a truly nationalistic sound. Borodin's noble symphony extolled the heroic nature of the Russian people while Rimsky-Korsakov's opera highlighted their folk traditions. Rachmaninoff carried on their Romantic ideals with works of unparalleled popularity like the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, leaving it to Shostakovich to tackle the troubling political history of the 20th Century.

Additional Info

  • Program:

    Dmitri Shostakovich - October, op. 131
    Sergei Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, op. 43


    Alexander Borodin - Symphony No. 2 in B Minor
             I. Allegro
             II. Scherzo: Prestissimo
             III. Andante
             IV. Finale: Allegro

    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Suite from The Tale of Tsar Saltan, op. 57a
             I. Allegretto alla marcia
             III. The Three Wonders

  • Artist Profile:

    Lukas Geniusas was born July 1st 1990 in Moscow. He started piano studies at 5 at the preparatory department of F. Chopin Music College in Moscow, a school he went on to graduate with top honors in 2008.
    Being born into a family of musicians played a major role in Lukas's swift musical development at an early age. His grandmother, Vera Gornostaeva, a prominent teacher and a professor at the Moscow Conservatory, became his first mentor.
    Lukas has appeared with numerous orchestras including the Symphonies of Hamburg and Duisburg in Germany, BBC Scottish Symphony, Kremerata Baltica, Katowice Radio, Warsaw Philharmonic and collaborated with an outstanding musicians of nowadays such as Gidon Kremer, Andrey Boreyko, Saulius Sondeckis, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Antoni Wit, Roman Kofman, Dmitry Liss and others. Lukas has travelled to France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, Lithuania, Japan, South Korea, USA, Germany and has performed in such a prominent events as Duszniki Zdroj, Rheingau, Ruhr and Lockenhaus Music Festivals. Season 2012-13 will bring Lukas for a tour around Denmark, a debut recital in Milan's Sala Verdi and a return concert's with Utah Symphony in Salt Lake City.

    Internationally recognized for his moving performances, innovative programming and extensive catalogue of recordings, American conductor Gerard Schwarz serves as Music Director of the All Star Orchestra, Music Director of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina and Jack Benaroya Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony.
    His considerable discography of nearly 350 showcases his collaborations with some of the world's greatest orchestras including Philadelphia Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, London Symphony, Berlin Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Tokyo Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony and Seattle Symphony among others.

    Schwarz began his professional career as co-principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic and has held leadership positions with Mostly Mozart Festival, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and New York Chamber Symphony. As a guest conductor in both opera and symphonic repertoire, he has worked with many of the world's finest orchestras and opera companies.
    Schwarz, a renowned interpreter of 19th Century German, Austrian and Russian repertoire, in addition to his noted work with contemporary American composers, recently completed his final season as music director of the Seattle Symphony in 2011 after an acclaimed 26 years a period of dramatic artistic growth for the ensemble.
    In his nearly five decades as a respected classical musician and conductor, Schwarz has received hundreds of honors and accolades including Emmy Awards, Grammy nominations, ASCAP Awards, and the Ditson Conductor's Award. He was the first American named Conductor of the Year by Musical America and has received numerous honorary doctorates. Most recently, the City of Seattle and named the street alongside the Benaroya Hall "Gerard Schwarz Place."