Beatrice Rana

Feb 24

3:00 PM

Chopin, Ravel, Stravinsky

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Don’t miss the Symphony Center debut of rising performer Beatrice Rana, recent winner of Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award. The Italian pianist performs Chopin’s brilliant Twelve Etudes, Ravel’s poetic Miroirs and Agosti’s virtuosic arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Firebird. “Rana’s playing has a kind of Orphic seductiveness, a transcendent lightness of touch” (The London Times).

Beatrice Rana will sign CDs in Grainger Ballroom following the performance.

Approximate concert duration: 98 minutes including intermission


Chopin Twelve Etudes, Op. 25
Ravel Miroirs
Stravinsky The Firebird (trans. Agosti)

Chopin Prelude in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, No. 13 [ENCORE]
Chopin Prelude in B-flat Minor, Op. 28, No. 16 [ENCORE]


For music scholar Maureen Carr, there is no doubt: Igor Stravinsky is the most important composer of the 20th century. The distinguished professor of music at the Penn State School of Music, Carr sees the Russian composer as a daring innovator who pushed the avant-garde with the earthy polyrhythms of The Rite of Spring (1913) and then veered in a seemingly unlikely direction, finding the new in the old with neo-classicism. Unlike some composers whose fame rests on just few works, Stravinsky managed to sustain his extraordinary creativity for more than 60 years: "He has a thumbprint that he imposes on all of his works, where the minute you hear it, you say, ‘That must be Stravinsky.’ Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

There was never a precise moment when Beatrice Rana decided that she wanted to make the piano her career. Like many concert artists, she began taking lessons when she was young and just kept going. “Basically, piano was part of my life since the very first day,” she said. “It’s really a daily presence for me. I grew up with the piano, and somehow it became very natural that piano would be my first choice — not even just my first choice, my life.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


Today's concert is generously sponsored by Donna L. Kendall.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.