Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Crippling self-doubt and scars from scathing reviews almost silenced Rachmaninov as a composer, but he fought his way back to create his rapturous Second Symphony, a work saturated with heart-wrenching beauty. In her new concerto, composer Angelique Poteat envisions a timely musical discourse in which the cello “strives to promote art, expression and free will in an orchestral swarm of oppression, close-mindedness and uncertainty.”

Masterworks Series

Dates and Tickets

  • 14 Nov (Thu) 2019 7:30PM
  • 15 Nov (Fri) 2019 12:00PM
  • 16 Nov (Sat) 2019 8:00PM

Pre-concert Talk

Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.

Running time

1 hour, 58 minutes

Doors open

1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance


S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall


James Feddeck


James Feddeck is rapidly becoming one of the most interesting and remarkable conductors of today, impressing orchestras with his innate talent and outstanding musicianship on both sides of the Atlantic.

Efe Baltacıgil


Principal Cello of the Seattle Symphony since fall 2011, Baltacıgil was previously Associate Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2003.

Seattle Symphony

Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.


Efe Baltacıgil’s performances are generously underwritten by Jon and Patricia Rosen. The commission of Angelique Poteat’s Cello Concerto is generously underwritten by The Lynn and Brian Grant Family. Additional support is provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

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