2017 MMSF FALL CONCERT
Critically acclaimed mother and son piano duo, Michelle Chen Kuo and Christopher Kuo, are on a mission to make the world a better place. They are currently on a benefit tour for non-profit organizations across the country, with 30 engagements in 15 cities across the United States. Their goal is to raise a quarter million dollars for charity. To learn more about their story, visit twopianojourney.com.
100% of the proceeds from this exclusive two piano recital will go towards Minds Matter of San Francisco, a non-profit committed to helping low-income, high achieving students in the Bay Area reach college success. The organization is all volunteer-based and has mentored over 150 high school students with a 100% acceptance to top universities since 2010. To learn more about MMSF, visit https://www.facebook.com/mindsmattersf
Michelle and Christopher will perform the complete two piano works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, the crown jewel of the duo literature. The wickedly challenging program traverses the composer's entire life. The first half begins with Russian Rhapsody, cheeky variations of a folk theme written when Rachmaninoff attended conservatory, followed by the Symphonic Dances, Rachmaninoff's final work and a triumph of conservative romanticism. The second half brings to life the intense passion of Rachmaninoff's first and second duo suites. The venue will be at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, a historic building with breathtaking views of the Civic Center and downtown.