Beyond genre, one of the biggest differences between a rock or pop concert and a live classical performance is the element of surprise. Fans of, say, the Rolling Stones, won’t know until the last encore has been played and the band has (really) left the stage whether they got to hear “Satisfaction”…or not.
Fans of orchestral music don’t have to deal with that same kind of stress. That’s because symphonies generally make clear exactly which pieces will be played that evening and who will be performing any notable solos. Such is the case with the South Carolina Philharmonic’s Saturday Music for a Cause concert, which includes popular concertos written by Russian composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Rock stars often stop playing certain songs in concert because they get tired of playing them. For classical soloists, however, it’s often the opposite: the more they perform a certain work, the better they become at interpreting its complexities. Just ask pianist Marina Lomazov, who is soloing tonight on the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. “The Tchaikovsky concerto is one of my favorite works. I’ve grown up with it – when I was a teenager I used to fall asleep listening to it on LP (Richter and Berlin Philharmonic with Karajan conducting) every night,” she says. “You could say I was obsessed with it. This piece encapsulates Russian-ness – it is such a kaleidoscopic panorama of Russian landscape and folklore.”
The South Carolina Philharmonic’s Music for a Cause concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Koger Center. Ticket holders are invited to a free pre-concert lecture by SC Philharmonic music director and conductor Morihiko Nakahara. The event supports Epworth Children’s Home. For more information, visit scphilharmonic.com
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Katie McElveen, Special to The State