Program Booklet

Saint-Saëns & Rachmaninov

Sunday, April 16
14:15 hours

An afternoon of sound experiences featuring the poetic Liliana, Saint-Saëns' dazzling Second Piano Concerto, a world premiere and Rachmaninov's Last completed work: his Symphonic Dances. 

Programme

Biographies

Residentie Orkest The Hague
Orchestra
Annual reach of over 40,000 schoolchildren, adults and amateur musicians in educational projects. Part of this is The Residents, through which the orchestra brings hundreds of children from districts in The Hague into contact with classical music.
Yeol Eum Son
Piano
Artist in Residence at the Residentie Orkest in season 2022/2023
Pablo González
Conductor
Prizes: Donatella Flick Conducting Competition (2000), International Conducting Competition Cadaqués (2006).

Fun fact

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov 

(Novgorod, April 1, 1873 - Beverly Hills, March 28, 1943) 

Rachmaninov also visited The Hague on his many tours. In October 1928, he arrived with his wife, his piano tuner and two grand pianos at the Hague State Railway Station, today's Central Station. The sold-out main hall of the Gebouw voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen was nearly demolished after the concert, and Rachmaninov thanked his audience with no fewer than three encores. 

Nice to know 

Saint-Saëns was not only a very talented composer and pianist. He excelled in other fields as well. In addition to music, he studied French literature, Latin, Greek and mathematics and was also interested in philosophy and archaeology. He was also an enthusiastic amateur astronomer until an advanced age. 

Today in the orchestra

Momoko Noguchi

1st Violin
Toen ik ruim vijf jaar was, wilde mijn moeder dat ik een instrument ging spelen.

Justyna Briefjes

2nd Violin
My mother played the violin, and when I lay in my bed at night and heard her practicing I didn't understand how you could conjure music from such a beautiful-looking instrument.

Timothy Dowling

Trombone
My favorite violin concerto is Beethoven's, which combines the two sides of music I love most: the symphonic with the soloistic.

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