Rachmaninov and Beethoven: Odes to Joy
October 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
This concert celebrates the birthday of Sergei Rachmaninov and features his famous “Paganini Variations” as well as Beethoven’s monumental “Symphony No. 9” with local choirs: Lycoming College, Bucknell Choir, and Williamsport Chamber Choir. It offers a grand and uplifting experience with the powerful sound of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” Symphony and the virtuosic piano playing of Rachmaninov’s “Paganini Variations.” You will be swept away by the grandeur and passion of classical music, as well as the festive atmosphere of the “Happy Birthday Rachmaninov” celebration. Christopher Guzman, an international performing artist, is our guest pianist.
Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy) L. Van Beethoven
Choirs: Bucknell University Choir, Lycoming College Choir, Williamsport Chamber Choir
Soloists: Susannah Stewart, Soprano; Timothy Williams, Alto; Grant Knox, Tenor; Edward Christopher, Baritone
Paganini Variations for Piano and Orchestra S. Rachmaninov
Christopher Guzman, Piano
Pianist Christopher Guzman enjoys an international performing career, showcasing a broad range of styles from the Baroque era to the avant-garde. Since winning top prizes in international competitions such as the Walter M. Naumburg Competition (USA), the Seoul International Music Competition (S. Korea) and the Isang Yun Competition (S. Korea), and the Concours International de Piano d’Orléans (France), Mr. Guzman has performed across Europe, North and South America, and Asia. He has appeared in concert in major international venues as Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Buenos Aires’s CCK, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and others. As a chamber musician, he regularly performs with members of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Much of his career has been centered on music written after 1900, and his performances include world premieres by Donald Martino, Nico Muhly, Paul Schoenfield, among others. The New York Times hailed his performance of Christopher Theofanidis’s Statues as “coiled” and “explosive.” Mr. Guzman will release a premiere video recording of piano works of the Mexican composer Carlos Chávez in 2023.
Mr. Guzman began studying piano at age nine and violoncello two years later. He later studied at The Juilliard School, the New England Conservatory, the University of Texas at Austin,. He is Professor of Piano at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. For more information, please visit christopherguzmanpiano.com