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Beatrice Rana Plays Rachmaninoff

Apr 12 - Apr 14

Beatrice Rana returns as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, full of memorable melodies. Renowned conductor Manfred Honeck also leads Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, a favorite of audiences for its emotional charge and triumphal journey. The program opens with a New York Premiere by Katherine Balch, whom the San Francisco Chronicle has dubbed “some kind of musical Thomas Edison.”

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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall



1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission

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Program Notes

Katherine Balch

musica pyralis (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)


Piano Concerto No. 2


Symphony No. 5


Manfred Honeck Conductor

Over the past quarter-century, Manfred Honeck has firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading conductors, renowned for his distinctive interpretations and arrangements of a wide range of repertoire. For more than 15 years he has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, celebrated in that city and abroad. Together, they have continued a legacy of music-making that includes several Grammy nominations and a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as one of the most frequently toured American orchestras, serve as cultural ambassadors for the city. Their regular appearances abroad have taken them to the major European music capitals and leading festivals such as the BBC Proms in London, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, and the Salzburg Festival.

Learn more about Manfred Honeck

Beatrice Rana Piano

In the 2023–24 season Beatrice Rana tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Antonio Pappano, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg. She makes debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and The Cleveland Orchestra, with Lahav Shani, and returns to the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Manfred Honeck. In 2017 Rana started her own chamber music festival, Classiche Forme, in her native town of Lecce, Puglia. She became artistic director of the Orchestra filarmonica di Benevento in 2020. Recording exclusively for Warner Classics, in 2023 she released her fifth album, featuring Clara and Robert Schumann’s Piano Concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Nézet-Séguin. Her most recent album, featuring works by Beethoven and Chopin, will be released in March 2024. 

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Lead support for these concerts is provided by Barbara Tober, in loving memory of Donald Tober.

Beatrice Rana’s appearances are made possible through the Lawrence and Ronnie Ackman Family Fund for Distinguished Pianists.

Generous support for Beatrice Rana’s appearances is provided by The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series.

These performances of Katherine Balch’s musica pyralis are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Support for Manfred Honeck's appearance on April 12 is provided by Herbert and Cynthia A. Fields.

Additional support for Katherine Balch’s musica pyralis is provided by Amplifying Voices, a New Music USA initiative that is powered by the Sphinx Ventures Fund, with additional support from ASCAP, the Sorel Organization, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and The Wise Family Charitable Foundation.