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Concert series offers exceptional opportunity

[mk1]To the Editor:

It is not often I stir myself to write to The Tech, but I feel that I have now been amply rewarded for at least reading it. The Tech concert series has now afforded me two affordable and immensely enjoyable concerts at Symphony Hall, which I otherwise would not have been financially able to attend.

I went to the heavenly Mahler/Haydn program given by the Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam recently, and I attended yesterday afternoon's performance of Scriabin and Rachmaninoff works by Andrei Gavrilov. In terms of sheer musical beauty, both concerts are unrivaled in my recent experience.

Gavrilov's performance yesterday was absolutely riveting, and the shamefully sparse Symphony Hall crowd knew it from early on in the first half of the program. The question on everyone's mind, "Why such a lopsided Romantic program?" was amply answered by Gavrilov, who paid tribute to his late 19th/early 20th Century Russian forbears with amazing technique and blinding tempos (which never seemed to miss anything!). The audience applauded all but one of the works on the second half of the program (there were seven), and the reason for this abstinence was that the audience was too moved -- there were audible sighs in lieu of clapping. No greater tribute is possible.

At concert's end, Gavrilov was pleaded with for encores, of which he provided two (both Etude Tableaux). His body motions throughout were flashy but never extraneous, always eminently appropriate for every piece; his appearance was extremely likeable, and his music absolutely captivating. Tears formed in my eyes more than once. His first-half performance of Sciabin's left-handed prelude was perhaps the loveliest work on the bill; its performance was texturally perfect and ultimately capitvating.

I could go on, but I would become redundant before long; therefore, let me again thank The Tech for the exceptional opportunity it has provided me and all MIT students in offering these cut-rate tickets for such exceptional musical events in the Boston area. I will remember those two at least for a very long time.

David Saslav '87->