Iowa Public Radio’s Performance Iowa series will present a live broadcast of Orchestra Iowa’s Brucemorchestra! 2013 on Sunday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m. Held on the front lawn of Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids, this year’s concert features works by three of Russia’s best-known composers.
Alexander Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, taken from his opera Prince Igor, depicts the exotic dances of the Polovtsian slaves. The Polovtsian Dances extracted from Act 2 of the opera, which Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov completed in 1890 after Borodin’s death. Orchestra Iowa’s principal pianist Miko Kominami will take the stage to perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, which premiered with the composer at the keyboard in 1901. Now one of Rachmaninoff’s most popular pieces, this concerto launched his career following his suffering with depression and writer’s block for several years. Brucemorchestra ends with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. Premiered in Moscow in 1878, this towering work is considered one of Tchaikovsky’s best symphonies.