Crane Chorus and Crane Symphony Orchestra
Perform Rachmaninoff and Poulenc
Presented by Gary Galo
Audio Engineer Emeritus, Class of ’73
Lougheed-Kofoed Festival of the Arts – 2017
The 2017 Lougheed-Kofoed Festival performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s The Bells is only the second occasion on which music by the 20th-century Russian composer has been featured on a spring festival program. The first was in 1987, when the festival concerts were led by Igor Buketoff, an American conductor of Russian parentage and a renowned scholar of Russian music. For the 1987 festival he led an all-Russian program, which began with the rarely-heard Spring Cantata. This presentation will open with a portion of that work, followed by a performance of “Rejoice, O Virgin” from Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil, conducted by Jeffrey Francom at the annual Candlelight Concerts on Dec. 6, 2009.
Poulenc’s Gloria has been performed on six previous Crane Chorus programs. This presentation will sample Crane’s first performance of the work, conducted Nadia Boulanger during her final appearance in Potsdam at the 1962 spring festival, only a year after its première.
The presentation will conclude with a performance of the 3rd movement from Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C-minor, performed at the 1987 spring festival by the Crane Symphony Orchestra conducted by Igor Buketoff, and soloist Frank Iogha, a long-time member of the Crane piano faculty. All recordings featured on this program have been newly transferred and restored by Gary Galo, from original audio source materials in the Crane Recording Archive.