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).
Schumann Arabesque, Op. 18Mozart Sonata No. 13 in B-flat Major, K. 333Beethoven 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 GoyescasLiszt Rhapsodie espagnole
Benjamin Grosvenor 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.
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.
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 A-flat Major, Op. 42Weber 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
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