RACHMANINOFF TRIBUTE AT CHERRY HILL

Posted on: February 4th, 2024

Pianist Matthew Harrison will make his debut appearance at Cherry Hill on Sunday, February 11th. The 3:00 PM concert will be comprised of works of Sergei Rachmaninoff in remembrance of the composer’s 150th birthday. Always a favorite of piano devotees, Rachmaninoff came to the United States from Russia following the Russian Revolution in 1917.  His compositions were full of passion and melancholy, and have often been used in popular films. He played his compositions in countless performances throughout the United States and Europe, but never lived again in the country of his birth.

 Among the works to be played are the Prelude in G-flat Major OP. 23 no. 10; the Sonata no. 1 in D minor Op. 28; the Prelude in G Major OP. 32 no. 5; and the Sonata no. 2 in B-flat Major Op.36.

            Mr. Harrison, a native of Florida, at the age of 14 heard a melody of Liszt on an old piano and became entranced. While seeking further music of Liszt, Matthew discovered the music of Rachmaninoff and Chopin and determined to become a concert pianist, no matter the cost. He earned two degrees at the Manhattan School of Music. After a decade of teaching at his alma mater, he became music director of the Truman High School Band in the Bronx. He continues to teach at the Manhattan School.

            Admissions for the concert will be taken at the door, with a charge of $10 for adults, $5 for students, and no charge for children 12 and under. A reception will follow the concert, and the entire 1858 plantation house will be open for touring.

Cherry Hill is located on NC Hwy 58 twelve miles south of Warrenton in the community of Inez. For further information visit www.cherryhillconcerts.com or telephone 252-257-5259.

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