Rachmaninov & Tchaikovsky

Dec 14

8:00 PM

Wagner, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Chicago favorite Jaap van Zweden returns to lead the CSO in Tchaikovsky's striking, lyrically poignant Fifth Symphony. Joining him is internationally renowned pianist Denis Kozhukhin, who will take on Rachmaninov's towering Second Concerto. "[Kozhukhin's] dazzling performance must have lifted Orchestra Hall a few feet off its foundation. It was hard, in fact, to imagine any pianist seizing this formidably difficult concerto in a mightier grip than this Russian firebrand. Even in a day when keyboard virtuosos are thick on the ground, Kozhukhin is special" (Chicago Tribune).


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Approximate concert duration: 120 minutes including intermission


Wagner Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Debussy La fille aux cheveux de lin from Préludes, Book 1 [12/14 & 12/19 ENCORE]
Grieg To Spring from Lyric Pieces, Op. 43, No. 6 [12/15 ENCORE]
Brahms Intermezzo in E-flat Major, Op. 117, No. 1 [12/16 ENCORE]


Preconcert conversation with Carl Grapentine
30 minute run-time

Thursday, December 14, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, December 15, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, December 16, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, December 19, 6:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Jaap van Zweden, a regular favorite on the CSO podium, returns to conduct concerts Dec. 14-16 and 19 that feature two anchors of the symphonic repertoire: Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Denis Kozhukhin as soloist and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. In addition, van Zweden asked to conduct something by Richard Wagner, and he and the orchestra settled on the Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin. “I think it is a phenomenal [Wagner] tradition you have there," he said, "so that little Wagner opening was one of my wishes.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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