Rachmaninoff was considered to be one of the finest pianists of his day and one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian Classical music. The third piano concerto (well-known from the 1996 Australian movie Shine) was composed for his North American tour in 1909 and offers an immense challenge for the soloist.
is Symphonic Dance No. 1 is a work that is fully representative of the composer’s late style with its curious, shifting harmonies. In our final concert for this year,
HSO’s continuing affinity with contemporary American composer Michael Daugherty is renewed with the Australian Premiere of his 2018 work, Night Owl. This work was inspired by the masterful nocturnal photography and sound recordings of Ogle Winston Link, who chronicled the last days of the steam locomotive in the United States.