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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.”

Works by RACHMANINOFF (TBA)

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

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

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