The image is burned into any classical fan’s brain: the stark black-and-white profile, the young bush of hair, the piercing gaze downward at the keys. Yes, the cover photograph for Van Cliburn’s triple-platinum RCA Victor recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 1 is as iconic as it gets—and the piece, no less so. This weekend, pianist Jon Nakamatsu
handles the famous concerto in a Russian program with the Santa Rosa Symphony
, alongside Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
and Sophia Gubaidulina’s Fairytale Poem
, on Saturday–Monday, May 7–9, at the Wells Fargo Center. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. Saturday and Monday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. $28–$55. 707.546.8742.