Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov was one of the most accomplished pianists of his era. Naturally, he wrote pieces that were at the time wickedly complicated, even unplayable to all but the most accomplished pianists.
Many of today’s young concert pianists have mastered the legend’s work, and Steven Lin is no exception. The Taiwanese-American pianist, based in New York City, has received accolades from critics and fans during performances around the globe.
During rehearsals with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra on Saturday morning, the big Steinway concert grand shook under Lin’s hands during the thunderous opening moments of the concerto.
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Lin and guest conductor Christopher Dragon exchanged glances, communicating silently as only top musicians can. After the explosive conclusion to the first moment, a smattering of ‘wows’ and applause echoed through the NCHS concert hall from the lucky few who showed up to watch the proceedings.
Dragon and the orchestra then began the task of digging into the score, revisiting rough spots and perfecting Dragon’s vision of the interpretation for the 120-year-old piece of timeless music.
Dragon, an associate conductor for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Denver, is the third of four guest conductors for the WSO this season. The WSO board will choose from the four after the season to fill the job of music director.
Tonight’s performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at NCHS, with a pre-concert talk with Dragon at the Lyric starting at 5 p.m. Tickets and additional information can be found here.