Chopin & The Mermaid

Apr 12

1:30 PM

Berlioz, Chopin, Zemlinsky

Friday, April 12, 2019

One of the world’s most sought-after pianists with “virtuosity beyond his years” (Los Angeles Times), Benjamin Grosvenor makes his CSO debut with Chopin’s elegant First Piano Concerto. Esteemed conductor Emmanuel Krivine leads Zemlinsky’s lavishly scored symphonic fantasy The Mermaid, based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.


Berlioz Roman Carnival Overture
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1
Zemlinsky The Mermaid


Preconcert conversation with Stephen Alltop
30 minute run-time

Thursday, April 11, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Friday, April, 12, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, April 13, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

Although obviously excited about his debuts with top-level orchestras, young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor tries to treat such high-profile events like any other performance. “Whatever concert you play, you have an equal desire for it to go well and for you to play well," he said. "So I wouldn’t say that they are any different, actually.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Unlike other virtuosos, Benjamin Grosvenor believes it makes more sense to play pianos that “live in” in the concert halls where he performs. “If you are touring with your own piano, it would sound very different in every space," he said. "Also, there is something nice about sitting down and getting to know this very different beast and exploring its possibilities." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The appearance of Benjamin Grosvenor is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Excellence.

The appearance of Benjamin Grosvenor is made possible by The Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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This program is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.