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Di Wu – Pianist Extraordinaire

A concert featuring Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, a work that some of the audience may be able to sing along with.

Pianist in foreground, grand piano to the rear

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Pianist Di Wu in an uncharacteristic 'blue moment.'

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Di Wu- Pianist Extraordinaire

concert featuring performance of Rachmaninoff''s Piano Concerto No. 2


Erne Auditorium Columbus North High School

7:30 pm Saturday April 28, 2012

Young pianist Di Wu returns to Columbus to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s very challenging and very popular Piano Concerto No. 2 in a concert with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic conducted by David Bowden that opens with Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro and includes Brahms Symphony No. 3.

The Challenge Of The Hands

“Yes, Rachmaninoff did have very large hands,” Wu admits. “And there are some big chords, but he was very much a pianist-composer. He was very understanding of pianists and writes very well and comfortably for the hands. Actually Schumann and Schubert can present more challenging fingerings. “

The Challenge Of The Popularity

The Piano Concerto No. 2 has been featured prominently in films by directors as diverse as David Lean, Billy Wilder and Clint Eastwood. A theme from the second movement became Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself” and another from the finale is featured in Buddy Kaye and Ted Mossman’s “Full Moon and Empty Arms.”

“Yes, I’m sure that many listeners will remember those songs and it might be tempting to overemphasize them,” says Wu, “but I tend to stay close to what is written. I think that’s my job to show the music in its original form. I think it will be a great concert with some of those melodies, but in their original form and place.”

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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