Tchaikovsky Pathétique & Trifonov

June 20-23, 2024
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Audience FavoriteLahav Shani conducts Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, a symphony that the composer premiered less than a week before his death and was later nicknamed for the passion and suffering it expresses. Daniil Trifonov takes the spotlight in a piano concerto composed for him by former CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates, which “shows off the pianist’s virtuosity first and foremost, but also captures a listener’s attention with jazzy rhythms, ear-catching tunes … and a number of big climaxes” (Seen and Heard International).

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  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Stephen Alltop
  • Program Book
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Piano Concerto


Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)


Enhance your concert experience.

Preconcert Dining

Enhance your concert experience by dining at Forte featuring contemporary Mediterranean cuisine or the Thomas Club featuring traditional American fare. Learn more »

Preconcert Conversation

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


These concerts are generously sponsored by Zell Family Foundation & Ling Z. and Michael C. Markovitz

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Taken with the soloist's “transcendental tone,” former CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates tailored his Piano Concerto to Daniil Trifonov's style and strengths.
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