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Beatrice Rana Plays Rachmaninoff

Apr 12 - Apr 14


Beatrice Rana returns as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, full of memorable melodies. Renowned conductor Manfred Honeck also leads Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, a favorite of audiences for its emotional charge and triumphal journey. The program opens with a New York Premiere by Katherine Balch, whom the San Francisco Chronicle has dubbed “some kind of musical Thomas Edison.”

Beatrice Rana Plays Rachmaninoff


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2:00 PM




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Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall


1 Hour 45 Minutes with Intermission

Program To Include

Katherine Balch

New work (New York Premiere–New York Philharmonic Co-Commission with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra)


Piano Concerto No. 2



Symphony No. 5



  • Manfred Honeck


    Over the past quarter-century, Manfred Honeck has firmly established himself as one of the world’s leading conductors, renowned for his distinctive interpretations and arrangements of a wide range of repertoire. For more than 15 years he has served as music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, celebrated in that city and abroad. Together, they have continued a legacy of music-making that includes several Grammy nominations and a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Orchestral Performance. Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, as one of the most frequently toured American orchestras, serve as cultural ambassadors for the city. Their regular appearances abroad have taken them to the major European music capitals and leading festivals such as the BBC Proms in London, Musikfest Berlin, Lucerne Festival, and the Salzburg Festival.

    Born in Austria, Manfred Honeck received his musical training at the Academy of Music in Vienna. Many years of experience as a member of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Staatsoper Orchestra have given his conducting its distinctive stamp. After beginning his career as assistant to Claudio Abbado, he was engaged by the Zurich Opera House, where he was bestowed the prestigious European Conductor’s Award. Following early posts at MDR Symphony Orchestra in Leipzig and the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, he served as music director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Stockholm and as music director of the Stuttgart Staatsoper.

    As a guest conductor Honeck has worked with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, and the Vienna Philharmonic, and is a regular guest with all of the major American orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. His guest engagements at opera companies include Semperoper Dresden, Royal Opera of Copenhagen, Theater an der Wien, and the Salzburg Festival.

    Manfred Honeck holds honorary doctorates from several North American universities and was awarded the honorary title of Professor by the Austrian Federal President. An international jury of critics selected him as the International Classical Music Awards “Artist of the Year” 2018.

    Learn more about Manfred Honeck
  • Beatrice Rana


    In the 2023–24 season Beatrice Rana tours with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Antonio Pappano, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg. She makes debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic, with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and The Cleveland Orchestra, with Lahav Shani, and returns to the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Manfred Honeck. In 2017 Rana started her own chamber music festival, Classiche Forme, in her native town of Lecce, Puglia. She became artistic director of the Orchestra filarmonica di Benevento in 2020. Recording exclusively for Warner Classics, in 2023 she released her fifth album, featuring Clara and Robert Schumann’s Piano Concertos with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Nézet-Séguin. Her most recent album, featuring works by Beethoven and Chopin, will be released in March 2024.

    Learn more about Beatrice Rana

Special Thanks

Lead support for these concerts is provided by Barbara Tober, in loving memory of Donald Tober.

Beatrice Rana’s appearances are made possible through the Lawrence and Ronnie Ackman Family Fund for Distinguished Pianists.

Generous support for Beatrice Rana’s appearances is provided by The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series.

These performances of Katherine Balch’s musica pyralis are made possible with generous support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

Support for Manfred Honeck's appearance on April 12 is provided by Herbert and Cynthia A. Fields.

Additional support for Katherine Balch’s musica pyralis is provided by Amplifying Voices, a New Music USA initiative that is powered by the Sphinx Ventures Fund, with additional support from ASCAP, the Sorel Organization, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and The Wise Family Charitable Foundation.


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