Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

Nov 15

8:00 PM

Sibelius, Tchaikovksy, Rachmaninov

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård leads two Russian masterpieces: Rachmaninov's powerful First Symphony, imbued with heroism and pathos, and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Alexander Gavrylyuk, a pianist who "enchants with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing" (De Telegraaf), makes his CSO debut with this monumental work.

Approximate concert duration: 111 minutes including intermission


Sibelius Nocturne and Ballade from King Christian II
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 1

Schumann Von fremden Ländern und Menschen from Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 1 [ENCORE 11/15]
Rachmaninov, arr. Kocsis Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14 [ENCORE 11/17]
Mendelssohn, arr. Horowitz Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 [ENOCRE 11/18]


Preconcert conversation with Stephen Yaness
30 minute run-time

Thursday, November 15, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Saturday, November 17, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Sunday, November 18, 1:45-2:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

Instrumentalists turned conductors tend to be pianists or violinists. But Danish maestro Thomas Søndergård got his start as a timpanist, first as a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra in 1989-1992 and then with the Royal Danish Orchestra beginning in 1992. “It is rare,” said Søndergård of conductors with a percussion background. Of his CSO debut, he admits: “It’s no secret that appearing with the CSO suddenly opens new doors." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The appearance of Alexander Gavrylyuk is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Excellence.

The appearance of Alexander Gavrylyuk is made possible by The Grainger Fund for Excellence.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.