In the early afternoon we went to hear the Symphony's Music Director and Conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett give his pre-concert chat about today's season opener of the North State Symphony. Today's program:
Glazunov - Bacchanale from Autumn (The Seasons)
Brahms - Symphony No. 3, op. 90, F major
Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3, op. 30, D minor
Jon Nakamatsu, Piano
Wiley Pickett gives an informative and entertaining talk before each concert. I recommend going. This is the first time I took advantage of this free lecture, and I think I'll do it again. (Quality knitting time with lots of elbow room.)
The first two items on today's program were fine, and I think the orchestra is once again improved, even in that black hole of sound, Laxson Auditorium at CSU Chico. The orchestra is so good now that they can play with a world class performer like Jon Nakamatsu, today's pianist on the Rachmaninoff piece.
I've never heard a classical pianist, live, who is as good as Jon Kakamatsu. We were lucky to have seen and heard him. It was an indescribable experience. I was there. I watched and heard, and still I can't connect Mr. K's hand movements with the music I was hearing. Mr. K is really, really fast, and really, really good. Just amazing!
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 is the music at the center of the movie "Shine", starring Geoffrey Rush.