Kenny Broberg | Kansas City Symphony
Starting on June 24, 2023 9:00 pm
Posted by Daniel McCullough
Kenny Broberg | KCS Season Finale
Saturday, June 24, 2023
8:00 PM (CDT)
Valentina Peleggi, guest conductor
Kenny Broberg, piano
GIACOMO PUCCINI Preludio sinfonico
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2
PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4
A blockbuster conclusion to a brilliant season! Award winner at the Van Cliburn and Tchaikovsky international competitions, 2021 American Pianist Award winner Kenny Broberg brings his breathtaking virtuosity to Rachmaninoff’s tuneful and utterly mesmerizing Piano Concerto No. 2. Rachmaninoff composed the piece following a course of hypnosis needed after the disastrous premiere of his first symphony. The result is pure genius, filled with thundering chords, dazzling displays and luscious melodies you’ll be humming on the way home.
Puccini’s early Preludio sinfonico offers glimpses of the spellbinding opera scores yet to come. Exhibiting more than a touch of Wagner’s influence, Preludio sinfonico’s melodies are still pure Puccini, richly elegant and enthralling.
Italian guest conductor and music director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Valentina Peleggi, is winning acclaim on three continents for her insightful interpretations of orchestral and operatic repertoire. She leads your Kansas City Symphony in Tchaikovsky’s brooding, heroic Symphony No. 4. Sometimes tagged “Fate” for its bold opening theme, the symphony runs the entire gamut of emotions. From deep melancholy to unbridled exuberance, this work is over the top — bravissimo!
Kenny Broberg is the winner of the 2021 American Pianists Awards.