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Cliburn Competition medalist playing Prokofiev with BPO

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana was born to two pianists. She was listening to Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff weeks before she was born, because her father was preparing for a competition. At 2, she was picking out Disney tunes on the piano. Fast forward to 2013, when at 21 she entered the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She won the silver medal, and later nailed a record contract, recording a couple of bold concertos including the Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2. Gramophone magazine, in Britain, was lavish in its admiration: “possesses an old soul that belies her 20 years, and more than a touch of genius.”

What will Rana’s career look like in the long run? Will her youthful talent carry her through? Buffalo can get in on the fun and speculation – plus, simply enjoy – when Rana plays that daring Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 6 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in Kleinhans Music Hall. Tchaikovsky’s evocative Symphony No. 1, “Winter Dreams,” rounds out the night. Audiences will also hear “New Beginnings,” by Grammy-nominated composer Peter Boyer. Brief, brassy and sparkling, it sounds like a movie theme.

Thomas Wilkins, music director of the Omaha Symphony, is the guest conductor.

Admission is $34.50-$86.50. Call 885-5000.

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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