GCCO: Farrenc, Chopin & Rossini

Farrenc, Chopin & Rossini

Virginia Warring International Piano competition winner Ningxin Zhan joins the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra for a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program is 19th century French Female composer Louise Farrenc Symphony No. 2 and Rossini’s Italiana in Algiers Overture.

Program:

ROSSINI Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
FARRENC Symphony No.2 in D Major,Op. 35

About the Composer

Gioachino Rossini

Gioachino Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as some sacred music, songs, chamber music, and piano pieces. He was a precocious composer of operas, and he made his debut at age 18 with La cambiale di matrimonio. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies The Barber of Seville (Il barbiere di Siviglia), The Italian Girl in Algiers (L’italiana in Algeri), and Cinderella (La Cenerentola). He also wrote a string of serious operas in Italian, including works such as Tancredi, Otello, and Semiramide. The Thieving Magpie (La gazza ladra) features one of his most celebrated overtures.

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Louise Farrenc

Louise Farrenc (May 31, 1804 – September 15, 1875) was a French composer, virtuoso pianist and teacher. Born Jeanne-Louise Dumont in Paris, she was the daughter of Jacques-Edme Dumont, a successful sculptor, and sister to Auguste Dumont, also a sculptor. Louise Farrenc enjoyed a considerable reputation during her own lifetime, as a composer, a performer and a teacher. She began piano studies at an early age with Cecile Soria, a former student of Muzio Clementi.

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Frédéric Chopin

Frédéric François Chopin (born Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic period who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose “poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation.

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Guest Artists

Ningxin Zhan

Pianist

Ningxin Zhan

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