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Esa-Pekka Salonen on Turangalîla-symphonie, the work that prompted him to become a composer.
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Reveries & Passions
In this video interview, guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen previews the Reveries & Passions festival, which runs May 3-23 at Symphony Center.
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Salonen Conducts Messiaen

8:00 PM
Debussy, Ravel, Messiaen
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts two major 20th-century masterpieces for piano and orchestra. Prepare for dazzling fireworks from French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Ravel’s Concerto in G Major, a virtuosic work shot through with brilliance and clarity. Messiaen’s unparalleled Turangalîla-symphonie is a life-affirming, exuberant celebration of love and passion.

This program is part of the 2015 Reveries and Passions Festival.

The CSO is grateful to Julie and Roger Baskes, lead sponsors of our Reveries and Passions Festival.


  • Debussy Syrinx
  • Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major
  • Messiaen Turangalîla-symphonie

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Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversations with Lawrence Rapchak.
30 minute run-time.

Thurs., May 21, 7 p.m. Armour Stage
Fri., May 22, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Sat., May 23, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom


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