LEWISTON – Pianist Max Levinson, whom the BBC Music Magazine described as “a master in the making,” will perform Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor with the Midcoast Symphony.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston; and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham.

The program will also include the Maine premier of Lachlan Fife’s “Riveting Rivets,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major.

Levinson is winning acclaim as one of the country’s finest young pianists. He has been hailed as “extravagantly gifted and extraordinarily accomplished” by the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times has praised his “quietly eloquent conceptions” and his “formidable technique.”

Levinson’s career was launched when he won first prize in the Dublin International Piano Competition in 1997. Since then, he has performed with major orchestras throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He is also active as a recording artist, and as a chamber musician he has appeared with some of the world’s finest small ensembles, including the Tokyo, Mendelssohn, Vermeer and Borromeo quartets.

Levinson is married to cellist Allison Eldredge, who has an international reputation of her own, and who appeared with the Midcoast Symphony during the 2006-2007 season.

Guest Conductor Yoichi Udagawa is music director and conductor of the Cape Ann Symphony, the Melrose Symphony and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra. He is also on the conducting faculty of the Boston Conservatory.

Tickets are $14 at the door, $12 in advance. Admission to all Midcoast Symphony concerts is free to anyone 21 and younger. For more information on tickets and the orchestra’s programs, call 371-2780 or visit www.midcoastsymphony.org.


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