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Classical 101

Barry Douglas plays Rachmaninoff in Columbus

ONE AUDIO PIECE Irish pianist Barry Douglas returns to the Columbus Symphony and the Ohio Theater this weekend for performances of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto 3 in D. Jean-Marie Zeitouni conducts. Barry has made several visits to Columbus in recent years. His recording of the "Rock 3" (groan) with Yevgeny Svetlanov conducting the Russian State Symphony is a new release from Sony Classical. Barry is no stranger either to Russian audiences or to Russian music. He was Gold medalist at the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, the first non Russian winner of the top prize since Van Cliburn in 1958. Since then, Douglas's career has included an extensive discography, international tours, and the formation in 1999 of a new orchestra, Camerata Ireland, where he mentors young Irish musicians. Barry Douglas spoke to me during a rehearsal break at the Ohio Theater on November 5. Our talk is interspersed with selections from his new release of Rock 3-I mean Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto number 3.  Enjoy! [audio:barry-final.mp3]  

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.