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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Rachmaninoff Celebration

7:30 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2023

A supreme virtuoso pianist and composer, Sergei Rachmaninoff stole the hearts of listeners worldwide with his swaying melodies, lush orchestration, technical skill, and “singing” tone. He emerged as one of the last great Russian composers of Romantic classical music.

In tribute to the legacy of one of the biggest names in sweeping piano music, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center artists will mark the 150th anniversary of the Russian musician’s birth with Rachmaninoff Celebration.

Soprano Erika Baikoff, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinist Benjamin Beilman, and cellist Clive Greensmith will trace the lineage of his performance style by playing some of Rachmaninoff’s most dramatic compositions, as well as works written by his mentors and influencers, including:

  • Anton Rubinstein, “Romance” from 6 Soirées à Saint-Petersbourg arranged for piano, violin, and cello, Op. 44, No. 1 (1860)
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, “Souvenir d’un lieu cher (Memory of a Dear Place)” for Violin and Piano, Op. 42 (1878)
  • Mily Balakirev, “Song of the Goldfish” for Voice and Piano (1860)
  • Modest Mussorgsky, “Where Are You, Dear Star?” for Voice and Piano (1857)
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: “Arion” for Voice and Piano, Op. 34, No. 5 (1912)
  • Mikhail Glinka, “The Lark” for Voice and Piano (1840)
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, “Does Not the Wind Blow” for Voice and Piano, Op. 43, No. 2 (1897)
  • Rachmaninoff, “These Summer Nights” for Voice and Piano, Op. 14, No. 5 (1896)
  • Rachmaninoff, Trio élégiaque in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 9 (1893)

Pianist Vonsattel performed at Penn State in 2018 with Escher String Quartet.

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Adult $48, $34
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $26, $18

support provided by
Norma and Ralph Condee Chamber Music Endowment
Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment

support for accessibility services provided by
William E. McTurk Endowment for Program Support
Gerald B. M. Stein Memorial Endowment

A grant from the Penn State Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

Thank you to Penn State School of Music for hosting this presentation.

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Classical Coffeehouse
featuring Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

8:00 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Hintz Family Alumni Center’s Robb Hall

FREE for University Park and high school students *

Musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center — soprano Erika Baikoff, pianist Gilles Vonsattel, violinist Benjamin Beilman, and cellist Clive Greensmith — will deliver an intimate mini-concert featuring excerpts from the society’s repertoire and engage in conversation with attendees.

Snacks and refreshments will be served. Seating is limited. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Standing room is available when seating is full.

Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts and the Penn State Alumni Association in partnership with the Blue & White Society, the PSU Music Service Club, and the Penn State Coffee Club.

* A $15 donation is suggested for each person who isn’t a Penn State student.

support provided by
Pieter and Lida Ouwehand Endowment