Di Wu this week will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra. This will be the second appearance of the Van Cliburn finalist with the CSO in the Palladium.
Praised in the Wall Street Journal as “a most mature and sensitive pianist,” and named one of the “up-and-coming talents” in classical music by Musical America, Chinese-born Wu continues to enhance her reputation as an elegant and powerful musician. Her concerts have taken her across the globe, charming audiences from East to West with her “charisma, steely technique and keen musical intelligence,” writes the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Di Wu is truly an amazing artist,” CSO Artistic Director David Bowden said in a release. “She is deeply musical and a wonderful collaborative artist.”
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of the most frequently performed of all concertos in the concert repertoire. Finished in May of 1901, the popular work exhibits Rachmaninoff’s unique talent for crafting memorable melodies.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The program also will include Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and Massenet’s Meditation from “Thaïs,” featuring concertmaster Larry Shapiro as soloist.