Fireworks with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra

Riot ACT! (Ian Bushnell, 19. August 2019)

Stand by for an emotion-charged performance at Llewellyn Hall on Wednesday and Thursday when internationally renowned Australian pianist Andrea Lam reunites with Nicholas Milton for her debut with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for some high-octane Rachmaninov.

Lam won’t be leaving anything on the stage with this landmark work from the young Rachmaninov, which announced his presence on the world stage. She says the First Piano Concerto is a challenging, virtuosic work bursting with fireworks and emotion. And fun.

“There’s a lot of immediate emotion, excitement and spontaneity in this piece which is something I love doing,” she says. “I love the visceral element, having to make an immediate emotional, beautiful impact.”

Lam says it’s impossible not to love Rachmaninov’s music. “It’s so beautiful, he’s the master of melody and the harmonies are achingly beautiful so it’s a joy to play,” she says.

The two Llewellyn Three performances will be Lam’s first in Canberra and with the CSO but she has known Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Milton for more than 20 years and has recorded with him.

Also on the bill on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 August at 7:30 pm is Ravel’s La Valse, and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Ravel).

For more information and tickets go here.

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