Shostakovich 10 & Ax Plays Beethoven

Oct 20

8:00 PM

Beethoven, Shostakovich

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Emanuel Ax, a Chicago favorite, performs Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto with David Afkham. Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony is a riveting portrait of Stalin’s regime, a journey through grave brass chorales and satirical waltzes that leads to a triumphant finale.

Note for the Newcomer: Dmitri Shostakovich claimed he depicted Soviet leader Josef Stalin in his Tenth Symphony, which the composer wrote shortly after the ruler's death.


Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Schumann "Des Abends" ("In the Evening") from Fantasiestücke, Op.12. [ENCORE 10/20]
Chopin Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat Major, Op. 29 [ENCORE 10/21]
Chopin Nocturne, Op. 15, No. 2 [ENCORE 10/22]


Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversation with Paul Paccione
30 minute run-time

Thursday, October 20, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, October 21, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Emanuel Ax, who helps to launch the CSO's Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle this season, has no favorite among the five. “I couldn’t begin to pick one,” he said. “They’re all sensational pieces in their own way. One is grander than another. One is more chamber-like than another. But they are all extraordinary.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


These performances are generously sponsored by the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Family Fund or the Canon.

The appearance of David Afkham is endowed in part by the Nuveen Investments Emerging Artist Fund