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, 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.  

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.

The Symphony Store will host a postconcert CD signing with Daniil Trifonov in Grainger Ballroom following his recital.

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 D-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1 (Minute)
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

Oct 8

Louis Lortie

SCP 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).

Program

Liszt Années de pèlerinage, First Year, Switzerland
Liszt Années de pèlerinage, Second Year, Italy

Performers

Oct 22

Piotr Anderszewski

SCP 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).

Program

Mozart Fantasy in C Minor, K. 475
Mozart Sonata in C Minor, K. 457
Janáček On an Overgrown Path, Book II
Chopin Selected Works

Performers

Nov 19

Lucas Debargue

SCP 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).

Program

Schubert Sonata in A Minor, D. 784
Schubert Sonata in A Major, D. 664
Szymanowski Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 21

Performers

Feb 18

Mitsuko Uchida

SCP 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."

Program

Schubert Sonata in B Major, D. 575
Schubert Sonata in A Minor, D. 845
Schubert Sonata in D Major, D. 850

Performers

Mar 25

Boris Berezovsky

SCP 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).

Program

Chopin Four Impromptus
Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 52
Chopin Selected Etudes
Scarlatti Selected Sonatas
Prokofiev Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major

Performers

Apr 8

Emanuel Ax

SCP 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).

Program

Beethoven Sonata in A Major, Op. 2, No. 2
Liszt Three Petrarch Sonnets
Liszt Vallée d'Obermann from Années de pèlerinage, First Year, Switzerland
Bach Partita No. 5 in G Major
Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)

Performers

Apr 22

Maurizio Pollini

SCP 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

Program to be determined.

Performers

May 13

Evgeny Kissin

SCP Piano

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).

Program

Beethoven Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)
Rachmaninov Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2
Rachmaninov Selected Preludes from Op. 23
Rachmaninov Selected Preludes from Op. 32

Performers

May 20

Yefim Bronfman

SCP 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).

Program

Schumann Humoreske
Widmann Eleven Humoresques
Stravinsky Three Movements from Petrushka

Performers

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