Rhapsody, Indeed. – Stephanie Heriger

Jon Kimura Parker is a delight.  His performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini a few weeks ago was technically superb and emotionally intense, and his stage presence was inviting and refreshing.  I hope many of you tuned in to his PSO podcast interview – his insights were invaluable (I will now forever hear stride piano in parts of the Rhapsody).

-Given just a taste of Rachmaninoff (which is never enough), I was anxious to hear Garrick Ohlssohn tackle the “infamous” Rach 3 (made so, in part, by the acclaimed 1997 David Helfgott biopic, Shine).  Unfortunately, however, the air travel gods (namely the ones who watch my luggage) had other plans for me and I was unable to make it downtown. The reviews were stellar, which was no surprise.  I am sorry to have missed it.

On a side note, like countless others, I was saddened by the death of Mstislav Rostropovich.  A brilliant cellist and admired conductor, “Slava” was a tireless advocate for freedom (both artistic and otherwise), often at his own expense.  He will be sorely missed.

To me, however, the loss seemed that much more profound in that the media coverage was scarce, at best (at least this was my experience – please correct me if I’m wrong).  I expected more.  Rostropovich certainly deserved it.

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