Featuring Three Nights of Beethoven (June 9-11), Pacific Symphony presents “Beethoven’s Piano Concertos” – a weekend-long extravaganza belatedly celebrating the beloved composer’s 250th birthday. Originally scheduled for March 2020, the start of the pandemic necessitated a postponement. Boasting a different Beethoven program each evening, the weekend features the composer’s five piano concertos, performed by spectacular guest pianist Alexander Romanovsky.
The three-day celebration begins with Beethoven’s First and Fourth Piano Concertos as well as the Egmont Overture (June 9). Continuing Romanovsky’s performances of the Second and Third Piano Concertos, Friday Night also welcomes concertmaster Dennis Kim as soloist for Romance No. 1 and Romance No. 2, both scored for violin and orchestra (June 10). Saturday evening’s grand finale opens the doors of the concert hall to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 before the orchestra and Romanovsky together tackle the monumental “Emperor” concerto (June 11).
“Beethoven’s Piano Concertos” will take place Thursday through Saturday, June 9 through June 11, at 8 p.m. in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $23. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and a preview talk with Dr. Jacob Sustaita begins at 7 p.m. These programs are sponsored by the Council of Advisors, Avenue of the Arts (Official Hotel), PBS SoCal (Official TV Station), and Classical KUSC (Official Radio). The piano soloists for the 2021-22 season are generously sponsored by the Michelle F. Rohé Fund.
The morning of Sunday June 12 at 3 p.m. opens with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture from Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with Romanovsky. These concerts are part of the Symphony Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Foundation’s 2021-22 Classic Series. The matinee is sponsored by Avenue of the Arts (Official Hotel), PBS SoCal (Official TV Station) and KPCC (Official Music Station for the Sunday Matinee series). For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visit www.PacificSymphony.org.
Ukrainian-born pianist Alexander Romanovsky has been described by Carlo Maria Giulini as “extraordinarily gifted”. Romanovsky is a fascinating, distinct and subtle performer with an utterly engaging voice. At 17, he won first prize at the prestigious Busoni Competition in Italy. The New York Times hailed his artistry as “special, not just an extraordinary technician with a flair for color and fantasy, but also a sensitive musician and lucid performer”. Romanovsky performs regularly with major orchestras across Europe, Asia and the Americas, including the British Royal Philharmonic, English Chamber, Hallé and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras; the Orchestra of Italy’s Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Filarmonica della Scala in Milan; the Mariinsky and Russian National Orchestras of Russia and the National and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras; the Japanese Symphony Orchestras of Tokyo and NHK; Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival; and with the New York Philharmonic, under the direction of Alan Gilbert, at the Bravo! Vail Festival. In 2007, he was invited to give a concert at the Papal Residence in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the birth of Pope Paul VI.
Dennis Kim is the Pacific Symphony’s concertmaster. He has spent over a decade conducting orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. More recently, he was concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in New York. He was first named concertmaster of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra at the age of 22. He was then the youngest concertmaster in the history of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, before conducting the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland. As a guest concertmaster, Kim has performed on four continents, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchester National de Lille, KBS Symphony Orchestra , the Montpelier Symphony Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra and Orchester Symphonique de Navarre. After making her solo debut at age 14 with the Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra, Kim has gone on to perform as a soloist with many of China’s and Korea’s most prominent orchestras.