This Sunday, February 17th, marks the 70th anniversary of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last performance–a performance that took place in Knoxville, TN, on the University of Tennessee campus. I’ve written several articles on the subject, including “Rachmaninoff’s Last Performance” that appeared in August of 2010. It appears that I was not the only one interested.
“Rachmaninoff Remembered,” an all-Rachmaninoff concert by Russian pianist Evgheny Brakhman, is being co-sponsored by the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series and the University of Tennessee School of Music. The venue for the concert is essentially the same space where Rachmaninoff performed for the last time in 1943, the space which is now the James R. Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building on the UT campus. The 8 pm concert on Sunday is free. For more information, check this UT School of Music webpage.
Brakhman’s concert will include:
• Piano Sonata No. 2, op. 36
• 6 of the Etudes-Tableaux from op. 33 and 39
• Variations on a Theme of Corelli
• 6 Preludes from op. 23 and 32
In this week’s Metro Pulse, my colleague Jack Neely and I have articles on the history of Rachmaninoff’s last concert and a preview of the Brakhman concert.
Jack Neely: “Rachmaninoff’s Last Bow”
Alan Sherrod: “Pianist Evgheny Brakhman Pays Tribute to Rachmaninoff’s Last Concert”