For years, we’ve been told to use April 1 as the Russian master’s official birthday and this has been confirmed by the Name Authority File on record at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Yet, Rachmaninoff himself celebrated his birthdays on April 2nd and his request for U.S. naturalization also shows April 2 listed as the birth date, which was signed by Rachmaninoff himself.
I’ll be sharing exactly this and a few other anecdotes about Rachmaninoff’s life in a special tribute-concert tomorrow – Saturday, March 3, 2021. It will be my first in-person, live concert of the year for a small, socially distanced crowd in the beautiful wine country of Temecula Valley. The concert takes place at the art gallery of Inna Pankratova, an internationally-renowned painter, whose captivating textures and vibrant colors have been featured in museums and private collections throughout England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia and the United States.