Venue Details

4 Star Starred
Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 3 members
Review from nanp999

This performance was excellent. I loved the music chosen, and Ilya brought out nuances which were unique. He is a very talented musician...I'd see him again in a minute.

reviewed May 17 2014 report as inappropriate
Review from Carla Azersky

The first half of this event featured the pianist as advertised but we felt cheated as he was NOT part of the 2nd half of the performance!!!

Also, our seats were in the last row, the furthest they could possibly be from the performers and there...continued

reviewed May 17 2014 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“(Yakushev) roared through the Tchaikovsky, making an old war horse sound fresh.” —The Providence Journal



  • Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

Berlioz _Symphonie fantastique


Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2007 with Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, performing Prokofiev’s First and Fourth Piano Concertos as part of the Symphony’s “Prokofiev Festival”. His performances were included in the top ten classical music events of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, and prompted a return to the Symphony in September 2009 with Maestro Tilson Thomas performing Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra: In 1894 Morris Steinert, an immigrant from Germany, was persuaded by a group of New Haven amateur musicians to form a symphony orchestra. Steinert was a music merchant and an instrumentalist, who played piano, organ, flute, cello, and violin. His earliest musical training consisted of lessons in guitar taught by the local chimney sweep while he was still a child in Germany. Many of the men who approached Steinert to form an orchestra were also German-Americans seeking to continue the traditions of their native country in their new land, where classical music was less appreciated. Steinert consented and the group started rehearsals upstairs above his piano store.

*Conductor William Boughton *was born into a musical family: his grandfather (Rutland Boughton) was a composer, his father a professional viola player, and his mother a singer. After cello studies at the New England Conservatory (Boston), Guildhall School of Music (London), and Prague Academy, he entered the profession in London, playing with the Royal Philharmonic, BBS, and London Sinfonietta.  In July 2007, he became the tenth Music Director of the NHSO, with whom he has instituted a Composer-in-Residence program and undertaken a major recording project of the works of William Walton; the first recording—Walton’s Violin Concerto and First Symphony—was released by Nimbus in 2010 and selected as a Critic’s Choice for 2010 by prestigious Gramophone Magazine. Under Mr. Boughton’s leadership, the NHSO was awarded an ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in 2010. He resides in Guilford with his family and is in demand as a guest speaker and conductor.

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