SALT LAKE CITY — The Orchestra at Temple Square will be joined by internationally acclaimed piano soloist Mykola Suk for its concert on Saturday, 27 August, at 7:30 p.m. at Abravanel Hall.

Mr. Suk and the orchestra will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major. The orchestra will also perform Respighi’s The Pines of Rome and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.  Igor Gruppman will conduct. 

Ever since winning the first prize and gold medal at the 1971 International Liszt-Bartók Competition in Budapest, Mykola Suk has enchanted and captivated audiences all across the world. Born and schooled in Kiev, he went on to study at the prestigious Moscow Conservatory with Lev Vlasenko. He has been on the faculties of the New England Conservatory in Boston and Columbia University in New York, and is currently an assistant professor of music at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Liszt composed his first piano concerto after settling down permanently in Weimar, after decades of touring across Europe. His skills at the piano had become legendary throughout the classical music world but this work also demonstrated his incredible talent as a serious composer. He himself played the solo part in this breathtaking four-movement concerto. 

During a time of operatic greats such as Puccini, Rossini and Verdi, Respighi is credited with being the first Italian composer of the early 20th century to achieve both fame and popularity for purely orchestral works. In his epic 1924 orchestral composition Pines of Rome, he paints a picture of the beautiful scenery found around Rome using some unusual instruments and even a recording of a nightingale.  

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 is considered one of his finest creations. Completed in 1812, it premiered in Vienna in 1813 with Beethoven himself conducting. Drawing attention to the lively rhythms that emerge throughout the movements, Richard Wagner called this composition the “apotheosis of dance.” Leonard Bernstein chose this piece as the final music he conducted on 19 August 1990, with some speculating that he wanted Beethoven’s wonderful coda to last forever.

Free tickets are available at the Conference Center ticket office (door 4) or at http://www.lds.org/ (click on “Temple Square Events” on the right side of the home page).  These tickets are limited to those 8 years of age and older.  The doors at Abravanel Hall will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

A special master class with guest artist Mykola Suk and conductor Igor Gruppman, in cooperation with the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation, will be held on Saturday, 27 August at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel on the mezzanine level of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. All are welcome.