Los Altos-based Peninsula Symphony launches its 61st season this weekend. Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. Friday at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center and 8 p.m. Saturday at Flint Center in Cupertino.
The program features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, performed by Natasha Paremski. Born in Moscow, the 21-year-old Paremski began her piano studies at age 4. After emigrating with her family to the United States, she studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before moving to New York to study with Pavlina Dokovska at Mannes College of Music. Paremski made her professional debut at 9 with the El Camino Youth Symphony and at 15 debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has recorded two CDs with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
The Peninsula Symphony will also perform the Rienzi Overture by Wagner and present the rarely heard Symphony No. 9 by Dmitri Shostakovich.
For tickets ($30-$35) and more information, call 941-5291 or visit www.peninsulasymphony.org.