Chopin & Mendelssohn

Feb 24

8:00 PM

Weber, Chopin, Mendelssohn

Saturday, February 24, 2018

French pianist David Fray's Symphony Center recital last spring was called “musical poetry” by the Chicago Tribune. He returns to perform Chopin's tenderly lyrical Second Piano Concerto. Christoph Eschenbach, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, rounds out a richly romantic program with Carl Maria von Weber's noble overture to his opera Der Freischütz and two of Mendelssohn's most beloved masterpieces.

Please join us in Grainger Ballroom immediately following the concert for a Q&A with the evening’s guest artists or CSO musicians. Open to all ticketholders.

David Fray will sign CDs in Granger Ballroom following the concert Saturday, February 24.

Approximate concert duration: 120 minutes including intermission


Weber Overture to Der Freischütz
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 (Italian)


Preconcert conversation with Laura Prichard
30 minute run-time

Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, February 23, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, February 24, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

David Fray is among a bevy of talented French pianists, including Lucas Debargue, Lise de la Salle and Cédric Tiberghien. Fray believes that one reason for this surge is the quality of his training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. “I think that good pianists and good musicians — and we don’t say it enough, by the way — come from good teachers and good schools,” he said. “My musical education at the Conservatoire in Paris was very high-level. Then, of course, you have to develop yourself with your own personality to become an artist. But if you have a good musical grounding and a good musical education, that’s fundamental. Everything is possible then.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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Saturday’s concert is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company.

These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.