Dalia Stasevska - Conductor
Louis Lortie - Piano
John Adams - The Chairman Dances from 'Nixon in China'
Ravel - Piano Concerto in G
Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances
It’s all too easy to be swept off your feet. Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G might just be the coolest concerto going around: jazzy, suave and neat, a product of the Roaring Twenties. And who better to glide through the dreamy waltz of its Adagio than Louis Lortie?
The dance begins when Finnish-Ukranian conductor Dalia Stasevska gives her downbeat and John Adams’ “foxtrot for orchestra” shuffles in with its mesmerising mix of urbane rhythms and nostalgic Hollywood strings. The evening culminates in the Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninov, with the composer’s trademark melodic gifts enriched by the impulse for physical movement. The vigorous steps of its finale, a dance of life and death, will leave us all breathless.
FREE. One hour prior to the concerts in the Meeting Hall (located just behind the Adelaide Town Hall). There’ll be a bar so after the pre-concert presentation, you can linger, buy a drink and discuss the music with new and old friends before enjoying the concert.
Join musicologist Mark Carroll and ASO Double Bassist Belinda Kendall-Smith as they connect the musical worlds of John Adams, Ravel, and Rachmaninov.