This week, Christoph Konig will guest conduct the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra through a program of Brahms's Third Symphony, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 — composed when Rachmaninoff was only 18 — and Kodaly's "Dances of Galanta." Brahms's Third Symphony will most-likely be familiar to listeners for its soulful, sweeping melodies — especially its third movement, which has been used on TV, in film, and borrowed by Frank Sinatra for his song "Take My Love." Eastman School of Music professor Douglas Humpherys will be featured during the orchestra's performance of Rachmaninoff's first of his four piano concertos. Zoltan Kodaly based his 1933 piece, "Dances of Galanta," on the folk music of the small town of Galanta, now part of Slovakia — the piece is brimming with Eastern European romantic influence. Christoph Konig is currently the Principal Conductor of the Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto at Portugal's Casa da Musica, and the Music Direcotr of the Solistes Europeens in Luxembourg.
The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on Thursday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday November 8, at 8 p.m., at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. $16-$94. 454-2100; rpo.org.