Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony & Bruch Concerto for Two Pianos

May 3

8:00 PM

Bruch, Tchaikovsky

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Semyon Bychkov returns to conduct Tchaikovsky's vividly dramatic Manfred Symphony, based on Lord Byron's tragic and enigmatic hero. The legendary Labèque sisters, “the best piano duet in front of an audience today” (The New York Times), join the CSO for a rarely performed gem, Bruch's richly melodic Concerto for Two Pianos.

Katia and Marielle Labèque will sign CDs in Grainger Ballroom following the performance on Thursday, May 3.

Approximate concert duration: 115 minutes including intermission


Bruch Concerto for Two Pianos
Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony

Glass Movement 4 from Four Movements for Two Pianos [5/3 ENOCRE]
Ravel Le jardin féerique from Ma mère l'oye [5/5 ENOCRE]


Preconcert conversation with Stephen Yaness
30 minute run-time

Thursday, May 3, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, May 4, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, May 5, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

The Labèque sisters — Katia and Marielle — just might be the world's most famous piano duo, but they are hardly resting on their laurels. Their latest recording, "Moondog Minimalist Dream House, is set for release this spring on Deutsche Grammophon, and they are scheduled to premiere new concertos for two pianos by Bryce Dessner in April and by Nico Muhly in 2019. “We still have so much to learn, to work (on), to practice. We never stop," said Katia Labèque. "We still have tons of projects, [tons] of new music to learn. We never feel like we have arrived.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Semyon Bychkov professes a boundless devotion to the music of Tchaikovsky. In the composer's works, including the Manfred Symphony, “there’s drama always present, as well as joy — this mixture of emotions that, of course, can touch the audience.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.