Shostakovich, Schubert 3 & Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 1
Oct 21 - Oct 23, 2021

Overview

Ukrainian-born piano powerhouse Alexander Gavrylyuk presents Prokofiev’s iridescent and rhythmically animated First Piano Concerto, the work with which the composer made his CSO performance debut, in 1918, as part of its U.S. premiere. James Conlon leads this program framed by Shostakovich’s steely Chamber Symphony, an adaptation of his elegiac Eighth String Quartet, and Schubert’s mercurial Symphony No. 3, which shines with youthful vigor.

Michael Tilson Thomas has withdrawn from these performances due to health reasons.

Program
Shostakovich

Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a

Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No. 1

Schubert

Symphony No. 3

Sponsors & Partners

The appearance of James Conlon is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Artistic Excellence. These CSO performances are dedicated to the memory of Irving and Barbara Seaman, in grateful recognition of their many years of support and their legacy bequest.


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