Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2:00 pm


Georges Enescu
   Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1

P.I. Tchaikovsky
   Rococo Variations
   featuring cellist
   Gold Medal Winner of the 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition

Sergei Rachmaninoff
   Symphony No. 2

New to the concert-going experience? Here's what to expect.


A breathless showstopper, a virtuosic cello concerto, and one of the most sumptuous symphonies ever written - all infused with Russian opulence and passion. THIS is an exciting season-opener!

We are thrilled to welcome cellist SERGEY ANTONOV back to our stage. Gold Medal Winner of the 2007 Tchaikovsky Competition, this charming and affable cellist held our audiences spellbound with his stunning performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto two years ago. We salute Sergey's native Russia with this concert's musical selections.

The opening piece, Enescu's Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1, is an exuberant celebration of Romanian folk dances and rhythms. Incorporating several specific songs, including one translated as "I have a penny and I want a drink," it grows faster and livelier to climax in a vibrant whirling folk dance.

Tchaikovsky's lush concerto-like piece for cello and orchestra, Rococo Variations, uses a "theme and variations" approach to showcase the cello soloist, to give a nod to the earlier Classical era style of composition, and express his reverence for the music of Mozart.

Sergei Rachmaninoff's life spanned the end of the Romantic era and beginning of the Modern era in music, but his heart (and music) belonged in the Russia of Tchaikovsky's time. Reluctantly leaving Russia in 1906 and eventually settling in California, Rachmaninoff found his music often dismissed as too romantic or old-fashioned. Beauty wins out over time, however, and his music is now some of the most beloved of all orchestral works by today's audiences.


Cellist Sergey Antonov performs the same Tchaikovsky piece that he will be performing with FMSO (first video below). In the second video, Sergey is interviewed briefly before performing in-studio at WGBH Boston.