East Meets East! Four virtuoso Eastern European works for orchestra, each a landmark in the composer’s career, and all of them full of life and national pride that make up this truly festive concert. Though Rachmaninoff wrote his final piano concerto in America and used a theme from the Italian violin virtuoso Paganini, the soul of this late masterpiece is all Russian just listen to the famous 18th variation and the soul of old Russia comes leaping off the page. Smetana gave Czech music a national ‘voice’ with his comic opera, The Bartered Bride and its overture is full of vitality. Likewise, Dvořàk in his Carnival Overture depicts a Czech wanderer coming upon a rowdy peasant festival. The concert comes to a thrilling close with Polish composer Lutoslawski’s brilliant evocation of native folk songs and dances.