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Rachmaninoff Festival/Conference
College Park, MD, April 1998

Rachmaninoff Festival/Conference University of Maryland School of Music April 18-26, 1998
In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the University of Maryland School of Music will host an International Rachmaninoff Festival-Conference from April 18 through April 26, 1998. Scholars and Rachmaninoff specialists from England and the United States will give public lectures and serve on panel discussions throughout the week, and musicians from the School of Music will perform a variety of Rachmaninoff's compositions. A primary focus of the festival will be discussions and performances of Rachmaninoff's First and Third Piano Concertos. Professor David Butler Cannata (Temple University) will lead the discussion on the editions of the First Concerto, and a full two-piano performance of the seldom-heard earliest version will feature pianists Nina Lelchuk and Donald Manildi. Other distinguished guest participants include Professor Malcolm Brown (Indiana University), English authors Barrie Martyn and Geoffrey Norris, and Rachmaninoff expert Francis Crociata. Other speakers and performers from the University of Maryland faculty include Carmen Balthrop, Larissa Dedova, Evelyn Elsing, Bradford Gowen, Gerald Fischbach, Luke Jensen, Linda Mabbs, George Majeska, Robert McCoy, Cleveland Page, Kenneth Slowik, Santiago Rodriguez, and Mikhail Volchok. Mr. Rodriguez will present performances of the Third Piano Concerto and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Photographs of Rachmaninoff belonging to the International Piano Archives at Maryland will be on exhibition, along with various documents, including the score of the Third Piano Concerto that Rachmaninoff inscribed to Josef Hofmann. Daytime events are free and open to the public; tickets for evening concerts will be available at modest prices. For schedule highlights, background on participants, ticket prices and ordering and suggestions on accommodation in the College Park area, visit the Rachmaninoff Festival Home Page: Appropriate links from other websites to the Festival website are invited. The Festival E-mail address is