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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra music director, Vasily Petrenko, conducting musicians on left side of image. On right side of image is a headshot of pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason sitting at a piano in an all white outfit looking to the left smiling.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Vasily Petrenko, music director, and Isata Kanneh-Mason, pianist

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Adults $115 / $75
Students & Youth $20
Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 7:30 pm
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Part of Hancher's 51st season

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (London, U.K.) is uncompromising in its pursuit of excellence and inclusive in its appeal to music lovers of all stripes. Embracing a broad repertoire has allowed the orchestra to build a diverse live and online audience of more than 60 million people. In 2021, the orchestra welcomed Music Director Vasily Patrenko—and the chemistry between conductor and musicians has been palpable. As The Arts Desk puts it, "Petrenko's left hand was hypnotic to watch, shaping phrases, highly expressive and fluid. The players responded by giving it their all, thrillingly, elementally."

The program features a pair of monumental Russian masterworks, an ideal match for the maestro. Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason—the orchestra's artist-in-residence and recipient of the coveted Leonard Bernstein Award—joins the ensemble for Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto, a multi-themed piece filled with virtuosic melodic invention. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will close the evening with a performance of Rachmaninoff's sumptuous Second Symphony.

Claude DEBUSSY, orch. Ravel: Danse ("Tarantelle styrienne"), L. 69
Sergei PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, op. 26, with Isata Kanneh-Mason
Sergei RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, op. 27


Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Website

Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. Cheese boards are only available through preorder and cannot be purchased on-site at the performance. Snacks and beverages will be available on-site.

Orders must be placed by noon the day before the performance.

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Jean Koch
The Stanford Family in memory of William (1930–2023) & Marlene W. (1933–2021) Stanford
Candace Wiebener
Warren & Maryellen Boe
Wendy Carter and Don Heistad in honor of Doris Preucil


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The Gazette - Thursday, January 18, 2024
It’s a good thing Isata Kanneh-Mason is a runner, because her fingers are zipping through a 28-minute marathon every time she plays Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto on the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s two-week U.S. tour this month. The London-based ensemble will play a nearly sold-out concert Jan. 24 at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City.

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