Sergei Rachmaninoff statue.

Doomed Rachmaninoff's Final Concert

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Knoxville, Tennessee

On February 17, 1943, the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff -- the world's greatest living concert pianist at the time -- traveled all the way to Knoxville, played a concert in a gym, got on a train, and died. Knoxville felt so bad about it that the city accepted this statue from Russian sculptor Viktor Bokarev. It's the only statue of Rachmaninoff in the Western Hemisphere.

The bronze statue clutches Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor, featuring the famous "dum-dum-dumdum" Funeral March, which Rachmaninoff actually played in his final concert.

Doomed Rachmaninoff's Final Concert

Address:
Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN
Directions:
In World's Fair Park, on a paved walking trail within sight of the Sunsphere. Just north of Cumberland Ave. and just east of 11th St.
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