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Legendary Russian composer, pianist, and conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff performed his final public concert in what was formerly the Alumni Gymnasium on the UT campus on February 17, 1943. He died five weeks later.

UT will commemorate the seventieth anniversary of Rachmaninoff’s final performance with an 8:00 p.m. concert on Sunday, February 17, featuring internationally acclaimed Russian pianist Evgheny Brakhman.

The celebration, “Rachmaninoff Remembered,” will take place in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building, the same building where Rachmaninoff played. It is free and open to the public.

Brakhman will perform an all-Rachmaninoff program, including 6 Etudes-Tableaux op. 33 and 39; Variations on a Theme of Corelli, op. 42; 6 Preludes op. 23 and 32; and Sonata No. 2, op. 36.

The UT School of Music and the UT College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Evelyn Miller Young Pianist Series, are presenting the event.

Media sponsors are WUOT 91.9 FM and WUTK 90.3 FM radio stations.

Rachmaninoff was a towering figure in late nineteenth and early twentieth century music. He was renowned as a composer, conductor, and one of the brilliant pianists of his time.

He was born in Russia in 1873 and achieved great success as a young pianist and composer.

A statue honoring the pianist/composer is at the World’s Fair Park downtown. It is entitled “Rachmaninoff: The Last Concert” and was created by sculptor Victor Bokarov.

For more information about the concert, visit the School of Music website.


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