Debussy La mer & Ravel La valse
Jun 1 - Jun 6, 2023
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David Afkham conducts landmarks of early 20th-century French music, including Debussy’s La mer, a shimmering depiction of the sea and its many moods, and Ravel’s La valse, in which a misty waltz morphs into a delirious portrait of a vanished age. Turning to Russia, Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman takes on Shostakovich’s alternately biting and poignant First Violin Concerto.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    2 hours
  • Preconcert Conversation
    with Derek Matson
Thursday, June 1, 2023
7:30 PM
Friday, June 2, 2023
1:30 PM
Saturday, June 3, 2023
8:00 PM
Tuesday, June 6, 2023
7:30 PM

Menuet antique


Violin Concerto No. 1


La mer


La valse


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Preconcert Conversations

Explore the music in the free preconcert conversation featuring Derek Matson in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.


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