Celebrating the Roaring Twenties

Saturday, May 9 | 7:30 pm

Ravel: La Valse
L. Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps
N. Boulanger: Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin: An American in Paris

On the centennial of the Roaring Twenties, Symphony Tacoma celebrates the French and American musical influences of the decade. Ravel’s La Valse is a tribute to the Viennese waltz. The Boulanger sisters, both talented composers, left us few—yet notable—works. After Lili’s death at an early age, Nadia stopped composing but her influence continued through her teaching of many important composers of the last century. Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris evoke imagery of the jazz, dance and art that define the era. Tacoma favorite Charlie Albright returns for a third performance with Symphony Tacoma.

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Charlie Albright, piano

Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post, Charlie Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times. A pianist, composer and improviser, he connects with audiences like no other, crossing genres…and making it fun.

Born in Centralia, WA, Mr. Albright began piano lessons at the age of 3. He earned an Associate of Science degree at Centralia College while still in high school and was the first classical pianist in the Harvard College/New England Conservatory 5-Year AB/MM Joint Program, completing a Bachelor’s Degree as an Economics major and Pre-Med student at Harvard, and a Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at NEC. He graduated with the prestigious Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, and he is an official Steinway Artist.

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