Illinois’ New Philharmonic to stream three Rachmaninoff piano concertos with soloist Wael Farouk

Posted on: April 12, 2021

“Pianist Dr. Wael Farouk will join the New Philharmonic orchestra to perform three of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos in one concert—a challenge reportedly never accomplished before by a single pianist,” writes Jen Banowetz in Wednesday’s (4/7) Naperville Sun. “Presented by the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, ‘Rachmaninoff: 3 Piano Concertos’ will premiere at 7:30 p.m. April 17 and stream on demand through June 15. Wael will tackle Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, all of which require high levels of skill, strength and emotion. And stamina. ‘It … will go down in the music history books as the first time that any pianist has played these concerti all in one night,’ said Maestro Kirk Muspratt, who conducts the New Philharmonic…. Muspratt said the New Philharmonic decided to do this rare concert after experiencing Farouk’s extraordinary stamina during its 2018 concert ‘Beethoven: Five Concertos—One Pianist.’ … Said Muspratt, ‘With COVID, we are spaced very far apart from Wael, the orchestra is far apart from me and also from each other.’… It will be the music that brings everything together.”