When audiences in 2009 at Thomas Pandolfi’s performance at the Majestic Theater applauded him standing up, they didn’t know he would return to Gettysburg to perform one of the most famous piano concertos of all time. This year, on May 8, he returns and performs Rachmaninoff’s “2nd Piano Concerto” in the next “Music”, Gettysburg! concert, at the Chapel Seminary with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (GCO). This concert, written at a turning point in the life of the Russian composer and performer, became one of the most favorite concerts of both amateurs and amateurs. The premiere performance of Rachmaninoff with a solo part took place in Moscow in 1901 and received rave reviews.

“We welcome Thomas Pandolfi back to Gettysburg,” says Norman Nunamaker, GCO Director and Conductor.

In 2009, he not only performed under the auspices of the Gettysburg Public Concert Association, but also presented a concert at the seminary chapel in 2003, also under the banner of Music, Gettysburg! As a young man, Pandolfi has achieved an international reputation by performing in many major European cities, as well as in China, Canada and the United States. He has performed with many major orchestras and is especially known for his performances of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff’s favorite concerts. and Letter. He lives in Washington, DC, and has given numerous concerts in the region.

Thomas received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree as a fellow of the Juilliard School of Music in New York.

The Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra will also perform the famous Symphony No. 5 by Dmitry Shostakovich, another Russian but who came on stage after Rachmaninoff. This symphony has taken its place as one of the finest examples of the 20th century symphony. The composer was closely acquainted with the work of this symphony master Ludwig Beethoven and uses many techniques of this master. Thus, it could be called a continuation of the symphonic tradition, which began before Beethoven came on the music scene. It was also written at a turning point in the composer’s life, but under completely different circumstances.

Nunamaker notes that Shostakovich was severely criticized by the Soviet press, “and this supreme critic of Joseph Stalin!” Shostakovich knew that both his career and his life were in balance, and tried to appease these critics in writing this Fifth Symphony. “We will never know all the details of the composers’ feelings and thoughts,” Nunamaker continued, “but the work is on its laurels and can be called a ‘blockbuster’ of the work, taking its place along with Beethoven’s 5th.” and the 9th Symphony.

The performance will take place in the seminary chapel on Sunday, May 8, at 16.00 Music, Gettysburg! This is the first series of free concerts with the best regional, national and international musicians hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg.

The Seminary Chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge on the western outskirts of Gettysburg. For more information on this and other concerts left in Music, Gettysburg! schedule, call 334-6286, ext. 2197 or by email info@musicgettysburg.org or visit the website at www.musicgettysburg.org .

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