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Benjamin Grosvenor, back with the SSO / Seattle Times

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The end of this month marks the fourth appearance of 25-year-old Benjamin Grosvenor in Seattle in six years. He will be performing Chopin's 1829 Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Hailed by Gramophone magazine as possibly "the most remarkable young pianist of our time" - Grosvenor's program also includes a pair of audience favorites composed by Camille Saint-Saëns: the spooky "Danse Macabre" (inspired by tales of Death raising the dead to dance) and triumphant Symphony No. 3 ("Organ"), with its thrilling, final movement. "The Chopin is a great piece, written when he was still a student but not written in the same way concertos typically are," says Grosvenor from his home in London, referring in part to the extra hands that helped shape the orchestration. "Some people complain it's poorly orchestrated, but Chopin had such a gift for melody, and this concerto really has some of his most beautiful music, particularly the second movement."

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