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.

Approximate concert duration: 115 minutes including intermission


Bruch Concerto for Two Pianos
Tchaikovsky Manfred Symphony


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

Though he has an extraordinarily wide repertoire, conductor Semyon Bychkov finds himself continually circling back to his Russian roots. At age 22, the native of St. Petersburg left his homeland for the United States. But he contends that his formative years remain essential to his artistic sensibilities. Of his upbringing in the Soviet Union, he said, ‘Those years were vital. They were what allowed me, later on, to be enriched by other cultures." Currently, he's reaffirming his Slavic identity with "The Tchaikovsky Project," a series of concerts and recordings devoted to the works of his fellow countryman. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.