Feb 19

Benjamin Grosvenor

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, February 19, 2017

After winning the 2004 BBC Young Musician Competition at age eleven, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has emerged as one of today’s leading piano virtuosos. “His technique is effortless and flawless, his rhythmic energy and flexibility are a constant source of delight, the range of colors he produces and his dynamic range are without parallel…he does not seek to amaze, and he does not need to” (International Record Review).

PROGRAM

Schumann Arabesque, Op. 18
Mozart Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333
Beethoven Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight)
Scriabin Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19 (Sonata-Fantasy)
Granados Selections from Goyescas
Liszt Rhapsodie espagnole

PERFORMERS

Mar 12

Igor Levit

SCP Piano

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's Dreams II, inspired by Akira Kurosawa's film Yume. Beethoven's extraordinary virtuosic showpiece, Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, brings the evening to a thrilling close.

PROGRAM

Rzewski Dreams, Part II
Beethoven Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

PERFORMERS

Mar 26

Daniil Trifonov

SCP 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.

PROGRAM

Schumann Kinderszenen
Schumann Toccata, Op. 7
Schumann Kreisleriana
Shostakovich Selections from 24 Preludes and Fugues
Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka

PERFORMERS

Apr 9

Paul Lewis

SCP 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).

Program

Bach Partita No. 1, BWV 825
Beethoven Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 7
Chopin Waltz in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2
Chopin Waltz in F Minor, Op. 70, No. 2
Chopin Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42
Weber Sonata No. 2 in A-flat Major, Op. 39

Performers

Apr 30

Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin

SCP 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.

PROGRAM

Mozart Larghetto and Allegro in E-flat Major for Two Pianos
Stravinsky Concerto for Two Pianos
Debussy En blanc et noir
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

PERFORMERS

May 7

Murray Perahia

SCP 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).

PROGRAM

Bach French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817
Schubert Four Impromptus, D. 935
Beethoven Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)

PERFORMERS

May 28

Maurizio Pollini

SCP 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.

PROGRAM

Chopin Selected Works
Debussy Preludes, Book 2

PERFORMERS

Jun 11

Kirill Gerstein

SCP 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.

PROGRAM

Brahms Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp Minor, Op. 2
Liszt Transcendental Etudes

PERFORMERS

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