Alsop & Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Feb 10-12, 2022


A program of rich, Romantic intensity features Rachmaninov’s ravishing Second Piano Concerto, performed by the brilliant Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček. Elgar’s Enigma Variations are miniature portraits of friends, family members and the composer himself, alternately noble, yearning and blustery in character. Barber’s First Symphony is a mid-century gem, alive with soaring lyricism, bold colors and majestic climaxes.

Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Steven Rings in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.


Symphony No. 1


Piano Concerto No. 2


Enigma Variations


Kinderszenen, Op. 15: No. 7 “Träumerei” [Feb 10 Encore]


Nocturne in C-sharp Minor, B. 49 (Op. posth.) [Feb 12 Encore]


The appearance of Marin Alsop is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Artistic Excellence.

The appearance of Lukáš Vondráček is made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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