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Opening Night Classical:
European Colors

Featuring Ilya Yakushev, Piano

Saturday, September 10 2022

Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition, Ilya Yakushev will open Meridian Symphony’s 62nd Symphony Series with Prokofiev’s showpiece Piano Concerto No. 3. This famously difficult composition, that requires dexterity and stamina like none other, is a true work of passion that seems to simply fly from the keyboard. The audience will be near exhaustion from the sheer emotion and bursts of spontaneity throughout the concerto’s three movements, as the piano pounds out immense chords through the final pages, surrounded by blazing symphonic orchestration.


This exciting and energetic piece, along with colorful displays composed by Berlioz, Brahms, and Schumann will present an Opening Night full of pungent harmonies and dazzling dynamics that will give audience members an exhilarating evening beyond compare.

Selections include:

Berlioz             Hungarian March 
Brahms           Hungarian Dances (No. 3 and 5) 
Prokofiev       Piano Concerto No. 3
Schumann    Symphony No. 3

Meridian sounds colorful!

This concert will take place at the MSU Riley Center and will begin at 7PM.

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