Widely known as the finest concert pianist of the last century, Sergei Rachmaninoff is also admired as one of the most popular composers and conductors of his time. His beautiful concertos, symphonies, and piano music are staples of today’s orchestras. In this class Professor Henry Aldridge will lead us in an exploration of Rachmaninoff’s life and career, and we will have the opportunity to consider what makes Rachmaninoff’s music so compelling. Our tribute to this musical master will include a DVD performance of his Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra by Olga Kern, winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.