No piano concerto is really easy, at least to folks who arent classical music virtuosos with decades of practice, but Sergei Rachmaninoffs Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30 is known for being one of the most technically demanding pieces in the canon. Noted American pianist Gary Graffman was once quoted saying, ominously, that he was glad he learned the piece while he was a student and still too young to know fear. Eep! Completed and first performed by Rachmaninoff himself in 1909, it will be performed by another Russianpianist Nikolai Luganskyalongside the Pacific Symphony, this week at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Keep in mind, Lugansky is a trained professional; dont try it at home.
Feb. 5-7, 8 p.m., 2009