The second half of the program was given over to Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. Like Beethoven, Rachmaninoff was an amazing orchestrator. (If I had to add a third person to create a triumvirate, I would most likely pick Berlioz). This work was a definite "tour de force"....big orchestra, 5 percussionists, and instruments such as the harp, bass clarinet, english horn (which was actually French) and contrabassoon, that don't often make an appearance on stage. The first movement even featured a saxophone solo. While very avant garde for its time (it's premiere received a very negative reception), the piece is actually based in part on a very old medieval plainchant Mass for the Dead, the "Dies irae". This is a piece that would definitely fit in well on a Hallowe'en night.
Jack Singer Concert Hall, a true gem of a concert venue.