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Anchorage Symphony Opening Night


Award-winning Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev

PHOTO: Courtesy of Anchorage Symphony

Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 8pm

Anchorage, Alaska – September 11, 2013 – In celebration of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts’ 25th anniversary, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra Music Director Randall Craig Fleischer is opening the Anchorage Symphony’s 2013/14 season with Brahms’ majestic Piano Concerto No 2 - an encore of the piece first played by the ASO in its October 1988 premiere performance at the newly opened ACPA. 

With the Atwood Concert Hall still months away from completion, the ASO’s first ACPA concert was performed on an overflowing Discovery stage. With space so tight, the piano was precariously nestled on the stage’s edge and many feared impending disaster should the soloist become too enthusiastic. 

Joining the ASO for this celebratory performance of Brahms’ towering work is award-winning Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev. Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition, Yakushev received his first award at age 12 as a prizewinner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition in his native St. Petersburg. Yakushev later attended the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music and subsequently moved to New York City to attend Mannes College of Music where he studied with legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman. Since 2002, Yakushev has served as Executive Director of the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes College.

Rounding out this bombastic and dramatic opening night is Hector Berlioz' brilliant, colorful and passionate masterwork - Symphonie Fantastique. Described as an "aural vision quest for art and love", this piece is considered a monument in the symphonic repertoire. Randy muses, “Who would ever think that a symphony written about a bad acid trip would be composed in 1830! Not 1969... 1830! Berlioz's Symphonie Fantiatique is subtitled, ‘An Episode in the Life of an Artist.’ I can certainly relate.”

Anchorage Symphony Opening Night – Fantastique! - Saturday, September 28, (8pm)- Atwood Concert Hall, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets:  $25-$49/Adult; $11-$23/Youth; $22.75-$44/Senior. Military, student and group discounts available. Tickets can be purchased at the CenterTix Box Office at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts or www.centertix.net or by calling 263-ARTS (2787), toll free at 1-877-ARTS- TIX.

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