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DuPage Symphony Orchestra performs season finale concert May 14

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Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov performs with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra May 14.
Russian pianist Gleb Ivanov performs with the DuPage Symphony Orchestra May 14.

April 14, 2011—The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) performs the final subscription concert of its 2010-2011 season at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave.

The program features Russian composers Sergei Rachmaninoff and Igor Stravinsky. Although they shared a common homeland as well as the international spotlight, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky could hardly have been more different in personality, output or legacy. Rachmaninoff’s lushly romantic Second Piano Concerto will be performed by Young Concert Artists International Winner Gleb Ivanov. The concerto epitomizes Rachmaninoff’s widely popular style with broad sweeping melodies, rich harmonies, colorful orchestration and passionate and poignant emotions.

Stravinsky’s revolutionary “The Rite of Spring,” written little more than a decade later, redefined the course of music history. The intensely visceral score, with its raw and unrelenting rhythmic drive, prompted an audience riot at the ballet’s 1913 premier. Tchaikovsky’s June (Barcarolle) from “The Seasons” completes the program.

With a personality to match his larger-than-life talent, pianist Gleb Ivanov has been captivating audiences since winning first prize in the 2005 Young Artists International Auditions and an award from the Jack Romann Special Artists Fund of YCA. Ivanov presented his debuts at Zankel Hall in New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center.  He is a recipient of the 2010 Michaels Award of Young Concert Artists and is appearing in recital at Alice Tully Hall this season. Born in Moscow, Ivanov comes from a family of musicians and began to accompany his father’s vocal recitals at age 8. He graduated from the Moscow Conservatory and earned his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $11 for students; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-7469 or visit Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

As part of the DuPage Symphony’s educational mission, the DSO will host “Brownies with Barbara” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 13. This is an opportunity to witness “behind the scenes” workings of the orchestra by attending the first half of the dress rehearsal for the May 14 concert. Following the rehearsal attendees are welcome to join Music Director Barbara Schubert and the DSO musicians for refreshments, provided by My Chef Catering, and conversation. A suggested donation of $5 per adult is appreciated.
For additional details about the DSO and all upcoming programs, call 630-778-1003 or visit

Founded in 1861, North Central College is celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011. This community event is one of many ongoing programs at the College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).