Embassy Theatre





Andrew Constantine, conductor
Ilya Yakushev, piano
Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestras, Troy Webdell, director

The Philharmonic closes out the season with an electric evening of Prokofiev and Gershwin. Russian pianist, Ilya Yakushev delivers all the sounds, rhythms, and harmonies that Gershwin’s ever popular Rhapsody in Blue requires. The evening ends with the sweeping melodies of Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Musically Speaking

This free, pre-concert talk is designed to provide audience members insight into the evening's concert program and featured guest artists. Musically Speaking is hosted by Fort Wayne Philharmonic Friends. Musically Speaking will be held in the Gallery, Grand Wayne Center (The room just over the sky bridge from the Embassy). Musically Speaking is presented at 6:30 P.M., one hour before every Masterworks concert.

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PROKOFIEV     The Love of Three Oranges
                               Les Ridicules
                                    Fort Wayne Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

PROKOFIEV     Symphony No. 7 in C-sharp minor, Op. 131
                               I. Moderato
                               II. Allegretto
                               III. Andante espressivo
                               IV. Vivace


GERSHWIN      Rhapsody in Blue
                               Ilya Yakushev, piano

GERSHWIN      An American in Paris 

Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents.

In past seasons, he has performed in various prestigious venues worldwide, including Glinka Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), Victoria Hall (Singapore), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (New York), Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco), and Sejong Performing Arts Center (Seoul, Korea). His performances with orchestra include those with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Boston Pops, Rochester Philharmonic, Utah Symphony, and many others.

Mr. Yakushev attended the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music in his native St. Petersburg, Russia, and subsequently came to New York City to attend Mannes College of Music where he studied with legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman.

Listen to our Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue playlist on Spotify.

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