<strong>Gulf Coast Symphony at the MACC – Season Opening Concert</strong>

Gulf Coast Symphony at the MACC – Season Opening Concert

We are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated season opening concert of the Gulf Coast Symphony at the Music & Arts Community Center (MACC). Prepare to be enchanted by an evening of timeless classical music as the symphony presents one of Tchaikovsky’s most celebrated masterpieces – Symphony No. 5. And, sixteen year old piano virtuoso Nathaniel Zhang joins the GCS for Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 is a symphonic gem renowned for its emotional depth, powerful melodies, and impeccable orchestration. Under the baton of conductor Andrew M. Kurtz, the Gulf Coast Symphony promises an unforgettable performance that will stir your soul and transport you to the rich soundscapes of the Romantic era.

Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto is considered to be one of the world’s most technically difficult piano concertos. Owing to its difficulty, the concerto is respected, even feared, by many pianists. Vladimir Horowitz studio recording in the 1930s created its worldwide popularity. The concerto is significant in the 1996 film Shine, based on the life of pianist David Helfgott. Geoffrey Rush was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the movie.

The Gulf Coast Symphony at the MACC series promises to be an unforgettable journey through the world of classical music. Whether you are a seasoned concert-goer or a curious newcomer, this performance of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff will leave a lasting impression on your heart and soul.

About the Composer

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840, in Vyatka, Russia. His work was first publicly performed in 1865. In 1868, his First Symphony was well-received. In 1874, he established himself with Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat Minor. Tchaikovsky resigned from the Moscow Conservatory in 1878, and spent the rest of his career composing yet more prolifically. He died in St. Petersburg on November 6, 1893.


Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff was a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music. Early influences of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and other Russian composers gave way to a thoroughly personal idiom notable for its song-like melodicism, expressiveness, dense contrapuntal textures, and rich orchestral colors. 


Guest Artists

Nathaniel Zhang


Nathaniel Zhang

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