From the New World

Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

The iconic symphony is matched with Olga Kern’s refreshing take on an acclaimed American classic.

Music Program

Ravel | Mother Goose Suite
Barber | Piano Concerto
Dvořák | Symphony No. 9, From the New World


John DeMain, Conductor
Olga Kern, Piano

About Olga Kern

Russian-American Pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great pianists. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal win at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than 30 years. First prize winner of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at 17, Ms. Kern is a laureate of many international competitions. In 2016, she served as jury chairman of both the Seventh Cliburn International Amateur Piano Competition and first Olga Kern International Piano Competition, where she also holds the title of artistic director.
Ms. Kern has performed in famed concert halls throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and the Chatelet in Paris. She last appeared with the Madison Symphony Orchestra in 2014. Her discography includes her Grammy nominated recordings including works by Rachmaninoff, Corelli, Brahms, and Chopin. She was featured in the award-winning documentary about the 2001 Cliburn Competition, Playing on the Edge.
“Her electricity at the keyboard is palpable…as it flows through her fingers it takes on fresh voltage that is unmistakably hers.” —The Washington Post

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Prelude Discussion

Enjoy a 30-minute talk by music experts starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.
October speaker: Anders Yocom