Vancouver Symphony season opens with challenging concerto

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The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 2011/2012 season begins Saturday with one of Vancouver’s most famous musical exports, Jon Kimura Parker, as he returns to play one of the most popular (and difficult) piano concertos ever written, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Jon Kimura Parker performs with the Vancouver Symphony OrchestraBorn, raised and educated in Vancouver, internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker has toured around the world performing with the likes of the New York Philharmonic the Warsaw Philharmonic, the NHK Tokyo Orchestra, and with major orchestra across North America.

Parker will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the most technically challenging concertos in classical piano repertoire. Composed in 1909 during Rachmaninoff’s most fruitful years as a composer, the piece makes extreme demands of agility, power and emotion from the performer.

“The Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 is really the concerto that strikes terror into so many young pianist’s hearts,” said Parker. “It is thickly written; there’s a combination of big chords to play and very fast notes to play. I always think that listening to this must be like standing under a waterfall.”

The concert opener also features one of of Tchaikovsky’s greatest works, Symphony No. 5.  Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky
Saturday, 24 September & Monday, 26 September 2011 @ 8pm
Orpheum Theatre

One of Vancouver’s most famous and loved musical exports, Jon Kimura Parker returns to play possibly the most popular piano concerto ever written, in a blockbuster season-opening concert that also features one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest works.  Visit for tickets and information.

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