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Berkshire Symphony

Fri, December 1st, 2006
9:00 pm

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Ronald Feldman, conductor

Mozart: Symphony No. 36 in C Major, K. 425 “Linz”
Schnittke: Moz-Art a la Haydn
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3, Daniel Lessner

Pre-concert discussion at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall
Daniel Lessner has thrilled audiences around the world with his dazzling performances and poetic interpretations of the great masterworks of the piano repertoire. Critics have hailed his playing as “brilliant and blazing” and have called him “a musician of pristine artistic taste and discernment.” By the time he turned eighteen, he had won over one hundred piano competitions. He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music from the Juilliard School where he studied with Adele Marcus, herself a student of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel. Mr. Lessner has performed in South America and Europe as well as extensively throughout the United States. He has performed in major halls including Carnegie Hall, and recently at Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles where he played Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini with the California Philharmonic. Mr. Lessner was the winner of several International Competitions, including Palm Beach, Maryland, Salt Lake City, Michigan and New York. He can currently be heard performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue in United Airlines’ animated advertising campaign. Mr. Lessner joined the faculty at the University of Southern California last fall as a Professor of Piano. In addition to performing, Mr. Lessner composes music for Film and Television, and resides in the Los Angeles area.

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