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  • Fri, Feb 24, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sat, Feb 25, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, Feb 26, 2 pm

    Straz Center

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3: Masterworks

TFO’s mini festival celebrating 150 years of Rachmaninoff concludes with the “Everest” of piano concertos, his Piano Concerto No. 3, famously featured in the movie Shine. It’s also the composer’s most difficult work – and most thrilling, especially in the hands of pianist Joyce Yang, who returns for her second weekend in a row with Maestro Francis and TFO. The concert begins with Carl August Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “Inextinguishable,” a tour de force showpiece for the orchestra.

Carl August Nielsen
Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 “Inextinguishable”
1. Allegro
2. Poco allegretto
3. Poco adagio quasi andante
4. Allegro

♫ Morse Family Foundation Music Collection; Established 1996

– Intermission –

Serge Rachmaninoff
Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo
III. Finale
Joyce Yang, piano

Joyce Yang plays the Steinway Piano from the Music Gallery, exclusive agents for Steinway & Sons.

Program Notes

Author Kurt Loft, freelance writer and former music critic for The Tampa Tribune, provides detailed and informative program notes about the pieces on this program. Click here to read online.

Printable Program Notes

Click here for a printable version of the repertoire and program notes.

Audio Program Notes

Listen to the audio version of the program notes, with music excerpts.

Interview with Michael Francis & Joyce Yang

How does Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 compare to his Piano Concerto No. 2? Listen in to what our Maestro and soloist have to say about the mighty beast that they are facing this week.

Listen on Spotify

Pre-Concert Conversations

Get the real story behind the composers and their music, straight from the conductor and guest soloists. Starts one hour before each Masterworks concert in the theater. Included free with each concert ticket. 

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Dr. Gordon J. Gilbert and Michele Gilbert sponsors of Friday concert

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  • Fri, Feb 24, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sat, Feb 25, 8 pm

    Mahaffey Theater

  • Sun, Feb 26, 2 pm

    Straz Center

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida through the Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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