The St. Louis Symphony concluded its 2011-2012 subscription series season with “Rach Fest” featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos 1, 2 and 3 with Stephen Hough as soloist in six concerts over two weekends.
The programs on Fridays, April 27 and May 4 featured the first Rachmaninoff concerto. Hans Graf conducted the St. Louis Symphony on April 28 and 29 in a program including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Skazka,” Op. 29, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, in C minor, Op 18.
Guest conductor Peter Oundjian filled in for the ailing Raphael Fruhbeck de Burgos in the following weekend’s program on May 5 and 6 which included Glinka’s “Ruslan and Lyudmila” Overture, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67.
Following a rehearsal on April 26, the St. Louis Symphony’s Eddie Silva spoke with Hans Graf about guest conducting, his association with the St. Louis Symphony and the three works on his program:
Following a rehearsal on April 25, the St. Louis Symphony’s Eddie Silva spoke with pianist Stephen Hough about the three Rachmaninoff concertos he would play over the two weekends of concerts:
During the intermission of St. Louis Public Radio’s live broadcast on Saturday, May 5, the final one in the 2011-12 season, Robert Peterson spoke with guest conductor Peter Oundjian about returning to St. Louis on short notice, just two weeks after his last engagement with the orchestra, to conduct the final “Rach Fest” programs:
Robert Peterson also spoke with St. Louis Symphony President and CEO Fred Bronstein about the conclusion of the current season, the upcoming “Live at Powell” concerts, and the 2012-13 season including the continuation of the broadcast partnership between the St. Louis Symphony and St. Louis Public Radio.