3:00 PM Sunday, March 12, 2017
Winner of Gramophone's 2016 Recording of the Year and one of the most sought-after young artists of this generation, Levit makes his Chicago and Symphony Center debut on the 2016/17 SCP Piano series in a program featuring American composer Frederic Rzewski, whom Levit considers "one of the greatest composers of our time." Rzewski's Dreams II, a phenomenally complex and beautiful work, is inspired by Akira Kurosawa's film Yume. Beethoven's extraordinary, virtuosic showpiece Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli promises to bring the concert to a thrilling close.
Rzewski Dreams, Part II Beethoven Diabelli Variations, Op. 120
Igor Levit piano
3:00 PM Sunday, March 26, 2017
Daniil Trifonov made a sparkling debut with the CSO in 2012, and each subsequent appearance in Chicago has confirmed his emergence as one of the biggest and brightest talents among his generation of pianists. The Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competition winner returns for a glorious concert of Schumann, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.
The Symphony Store will host a postconcert CD signing with Daniil Trifonov in Grainger Ballroom following his recital.
Schumann KinderszenenSchumann Toccata, Op. 7Schumann KreislerianaShostakovich Selections from 24 Preludes and FuguesStravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka
Daniil Trifonov piano
3:00 PM Sunday, April 9, 2017
Paul Lewis’ recordings and performances of Beethoven’s sonatas have been praised by audiences and critics worldwide. Lewis returns to Symphony Center with a performance of Beethoven’s Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7, along with delightful waltzes by Chopin and Bach’s technically demanding Partita No. 1. “Time and again you marvel at the confidence and assuredness of Lewis’ playing… It’s the kind of playing, in fact, where comparisons cease to matter” (Gramophone).
Bach Partita No. 1, BWV 825Beethoven Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7Chopin Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2Chopin Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2Chopin Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1 (Minute) Weber Sonata No. 2 in A-flat Major, Op. 39
Paul Lewis piano
3:00 PM Sunday, April 30, 2017
Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin, two of today’s most celebrated pianists, join forces for an unforgettable afternoon of pieces written for duo piano. Their outstanding technical facility and musical insight will be evident in this program that culminates in Stravinsky’s four-hand arrangement of one of the most important works of the 20th century, The Rite of Spring.
Mozart Larghetto and Allegro in E-flat Major for Two PianosStravinsky Concerto for Two PianosDebussy En blanc et noirStravinsky The Rite of Spring
Leif Ove Andsnes piano Marc-André Hamelin piano
3:00 PM Sunday, May 7, 2017
Few keyboardists can match Murray Perahia’s scrupulous musicianship and elegance. Don’t miss a breathtaking afternoon with one of America’s most beloved pianists. “Perahia’s virtuosity, never fussy, narcissistic or quirky, generates a heightened sense of drama in whatever he plays” (Los Angeles Times).
Bach French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817 Schubert Four Impromptus, D. 935 Beethoven Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)
Murray Perahia piano
3:00 PM Sunday, May 28, 2017
Piano legend Maurizio Pollini has been praised for his “consummate musicianship” (The New York Times) and “superbly finished technique and intellectual rigor” (Classics Today). More than a half-century into his career, this paragon of musical excellence continues to thrill audiences around the world. Don't miss a glorious afternoon of works by Chopin and Debussy.
Chopin Selected Works Debussy Preludes, Book 2
Maurizio Pollini piano
3:00 PM Sunday, June 11, 2017
“From the start of the Transcendental Etudes it was clear that Gerstein’s technique would stand up to Liszt’s most devilish challenges” (The New York Times). Kirill Gerstein returns with a program featuring Liszt’s majestic series of short pieces and Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 2.
Brahms Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 2Liszt Transcendental Etudes
Kirill Gerstein piano
3:00 PM Sunday, October 8, 2017
A renowned champion of the vibrant works of Franz Liszt, Louis Lortie opens the 2017/18 Symphony Center Piano season with the first two suites from the composer's Années de pèlerinage. Drawing heavily on the influence of Romantic art and literature, as well as nature, these are some of Liszt's finest and most quintessential compositions. "Lortie's credentials for taking on this greatest of musical pilgrimages are self-evident from the start…delivered with epic sweep and grandeur, wonderfully shimmering tremolos, and a huge tonal range" (BBC Music Magazine).
Liszt Années de pèlerinage, First Year, SwitzerlandLiszt Années de pèlerinage, Second Year, Italy
Louis Lortie piano
3:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017
Recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations, Piotr Anderszewski returns to Symphony Center in his first recital since 2009 with selected works by Mozart and Chopin, plus Janáček's evocative On an Overgrown Path. "The high point for some listeners may have been the magisterial drama of Mozart's Fantasy and Sonata in C Minor, an important pairing establishing immediately the Polish musician's impeccable musical credentials" (Los Angeles Times).
Mozart Fantasy in C Minor, K. 475Mozart Sonata in C Minor, K. 457Janáček On an Overgrown Path, Book IIChopin Selected Works
Piotr Anderszewski piano
3:00 PM Sunday, November 19, 2017
Rising French pianist Lucas Debargue has rapidly garnered audience and critical acclaim for his intellectual and lyrical performances. The Tchaikovsky Competition laureate takes the stage at Orchestra Hall to make what promises to be an impressive Chicago debut. "There has never been a foreign pianist who caused such a stir since Glenn Gould's arrival in Moscow and Van Cliburn's victory at the Tchaikovsky Competition" (The Huffington Post).
Schubert Sonata in A Minor, D. 784 Schubert Sonata in A Major, D. 664 Szymanowski Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 21
Lucas Debargue piano
3:00 PM Sunday, February 18, 2018
An artist of impeccable skill and graceful expression, Mitsuko Uchida returns to the Symphony Center Presents Piano series with an all-Schubert program. The New York Classical Review calls Uchida "the great Schubert interpreter of this generation. Uchida’s Schubert transcends time and place."
Schubert Sonata in B Major, D. 575Schubert Sonata in A Minor, D. 845Schubert Sonata in D Major, D. 850
Mitsuko Uchida piano
3:00 PM Sunday, March 25, 2018
Russian virtuoso Boris Berezovsky makes a welcome return to Chicago after a 20-year absence. Acclaimed for his exceptional technique and translucent sound, Berezovsky will no doubt give an exhilarating performance. “Here, surely, we have the truest successor to the great Russian pianists” (Gramophone).
Chopin Four ImpromptusChopin Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52Chopin Selected EtudesScarlatti Selected SonatasProkofiev Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major
Boris Berezovsky piano
3:00 PM Sunday, April 8, 2018
Hear beloved performer Emanuel Ax, renowned for his poetic performances, in an intimate recital that includes one of Beethoven's most notable sonatas, the serene Waldstein. “Ax has an opulent tone and an unerring sense of lyricism. He makes difficult passages seem utterly normal. His performances are of a pianist at one with the music” (Chicago Tribune).
Beethoven Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2Liszt Three Petrarch SonnetsLiszt Vallée d'Obermann from Années de pèlerinage, First Year, SwitzerlandBach Partita No. 5 in G MajorBeethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)
Emanuel Ax piano
3:00 PM Sunday, April 22, 2018
“Exquisitely wrought and flawlessly delivered. By the time [Pollini] reached his second encore he was playing like a god” (The Independent). Join us for an afternoon of superb music-making as legendary pianist Maurizio Pollini makes his annual Symphony Center visit.
Program to be determined.
3:00 PM Sunday, May 13, 2018
Russian superstar pianist Evgeny Kissin makes his highly anticipated return to the SCP Piano series. A performer of magisterial virtuosity and probing intelligence, Kissin makes each of his Chicago appearances a celebrated event. “Inevitably a torrent of applause ensued, swelling to thunderous rhythmic clapping by the time the pianist had served up three encores” (Chicago Tribune).
Beethoven Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)Rachmaninov Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2Rachmaninov Selected Preludes from Op. 23Rachmaninov Selected Preludes from Op. 32
Evgeny Kissin piano
3:00 PM Sunday, May 20, 2018
Yefim Bronfman returns with a program that pairs Schumann's romantic Humoreske with a modern take of the same work by Jörg Widmann, Eleven Humoresques, which The Arts Desk calls “Schumann through a glass darkly.” Bronfman's commanding technique is not to be missed. “Bronfman is the Mt. Fuji of pianists. He radiates majestic calm—until he reminds you that he is a volcano” (Los Angeles Times).
Schumann HumoreskeWidmann Eleven HumoresquesStravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka
Yefim Bronfman piano
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