A Russian's Hallow's Eve
With a nod to All Hallows’ Eve, this all-Russian program begins with Mussorgsky’s famed Night on Bald Mountain and its eerie evocations of sorcerers, witches and evil spirits. Benjamin Schmid, whose playing “is the kind of playing that can’t fail to win listeners over” (The Strad), performs Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1, music that is alternately lyrical, delicate, pungent and intimate. Tchaikovsky’s romantic and radiant Suite No. 3 closes the concerts.