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Héctor Guzmán, conductor

Alessio Bax, piano

Sat, Apr 26, 2025 | 8 PM

“Celebrating fanfare with unbridled energy and vivacity.” That’s how composer Xi Wang describes the commissioned piece making its world premiere at the PSO’s final concert of the season. Special guests include the return of internationally acclaimed pianist Alessio Bax, who wowed PSO patrons back in 2014, and the Plano Civic Chorus performing works by Strauss, Rachmaninoff, and Borodin in a season finale you won’t want to miss!

Xi Wang’s original concert music has been commissioned and performed worldwide by notable orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, and more. Xi Wang is the recipient of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Currently, she’s an Associate Professor at SMU’s Meadows School of Arts where she received the Rotunda Award for Outstanding Teaching.


Combining exceptional lyricism and insight with consummate technique, Alessio Bax is without a doubt “among the most remarkable young pianists now before the public” (Gramophone). He catapulted to prominence with First Prize wins at both the Leeds and Hamamatsu International Piano Competitions, and is now a familiar face on five continents, not only as a recitalist and chamber musician, but also as a concerto soloist who has appeared with more than 150 orchestras, including the London, Royal, and St. Petersburg Philharmonic  Orchestras, the New York, Boston, Dallas,  and more, collaborating with such eminent conductors as Marin Alsop, Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Sir Andrew Davis, Fabio Luisi, Sir Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, and Jaap van Zweden.

Xi Wang’s piece is generously underwritten by Tammy and Charles Miller


Alessio Bax, piano

Plano Civic Chorus, Dr. Randall Hooper, director

Commissioned piece by Xi Wang

Till Eulenspiegel…Richard Strauss

Variations on a theme by Paganini for piano and orchestra… Witold Lutosławski

Variations on a theme by Paganini for piano and orchestra…Sergei Rachmaninoff

Polovtsian Dances…Alexander Borodin