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Two eminent Grammy winners perform the music of Rachmaninoff, in a program boasting both solo piano and piano/vocal works.

In this “dream team” duo, two of classical music’s preeminent artists—pianist Evgeny Kissin and soprano Renée Fleming—unite to showcase the emotionally powerful, ever-lyrical, and technically awe-inspiring work of the 19th/20th-century composer Sergei Rachmaninoff. A native Russian like Rachmaninoff, now with dual British and Israeli citizenship, Kissin is a one-time prodigy turned consummate master and two-time Grammy winner. The Times (UK) has praised his “rich, sonorous tone, the dazzling fingerwork and, above all, the inspired fantasy,” adding, “So compelling is Kissin’s pianism, so fresh his response to even the most familiar phrases, that one hangs on every note.” On the first half of the program, Kissin performs a selection of solo Rachmaninoff works (TBA). After intermission, Kissin is joined by superstar American soprano, National Medal of Arts recipient, and four-time Grammy winner Renée Fleming for a selection of Rachmaninoff songs (TBA). As the Guardian has marveled in response to Fleming performing this repertoire: “Her voice rolls through the surging chromaticism of Rachmaninoff’s songs, sustaining their rapturous lines with a combination of abandon and delicate poise.”

SCHUBERT - Die Vögel (The Birds), D. 961

SCHUBERT - Suleika I, D. 720, Op. 14, No. 1 (A minor)
SCHUBERT - Wilhelm Meister, Op. 62 D. 877
Lied der Mignon "Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt," No. 4 (A minor)
SCHUBERT - Rostlose Liebe (Restless Love), Op. 5, No. 1 (E-flat Major)
LISZT - Sposalizio (Marriage)
LISZT - Valse Oubliée (Forgotten Waltz)
LISZT - Freudvoll und Leidvoll, S. 280/1 (A-flat Major)
LISZT - Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh (Wanderer's Night Song), S. 306/2 (E Major)
LISZT - Mignons Lied / Kennst du das Land, S. 275/2 (F-sharp Major)
LISZT - Im Rhein, im schoenen Strome, S. 272/1 (E Major)
RACHMANINOFF - 12 Romances, Op. 21
No. 5: Siren’ (“Lilacs”)
RACHMANINOFF - 6 Romances, Op. 38
No. 5: A Dream
RACHMANINOFF - Nicht (“Noch”)
RACHMANINOFF - 15 Songs, Op. 26
No. 3: Mi otdokhnyom (“We Shall Rest”)
RACHMANINOFF - Melody and Serenade from Op. 3
LISZT - S’il est un charmant gazon, S. 284/1 (A-flat Major)
LISZT - Oh quand je dors, S. 282/1 (E Major or E-flat Major)
DUPARC - Extase (D Major)
DUPARC - Serenade (A-flat Major)
DUPARC - Le Manoir de Rosdemonde

Co-presented with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Jane C. Bergner, Esq.; Dr. Mark Cinnamon and Ms. Doreen Kelly; and Maria Voultsides and Thomas C. Chisnell, II.

Washington Performing Arts’s classical music performances this season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

This is one of twenty 2022/23 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

Mars

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

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