Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, Conductor
André Watts, Piano

Friday, July 8, 2011
5:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
6:00 PM
Public Gates Open
9:00 PM
Concert Starts

$70 $40 reserved
$10 lawn
Dining & ticket package $85

About The Artist

Richard Wagner once asked, “Do you know a musician who is more musical than Liszt?” For this program, former Ravinia music director Christoph Eschenbach joins keyboard legend André Watts in an exploration of the overwhelming combination of dazzling technique and ravishing artistry epitomized by the second piano concerto of the 19th century’s most legendary pianist. Its extreme demands of technique and passion are exceeded by the most notorious work of the 20th century, the riot-inducing “Rite of Spring.” The layered and dizzyingly complex rhythms of this brilliant orchestral showpiece, once deemed virtually unplayable, are child’s play in the hands of the world’s most virtuosic orchestra, the Chicago Symphony. Berlioz’s dazzling overture opens the program.

Program Notes

Liszt: Un sospiro (“A Sigh”) in D-flat Major, from Three Concert Etudes, S. 144 *
  Etudes d’exécution transcendante (“Transcendental Etudes”), No. 10 in F Minor, S. 139
Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major, S. 125
Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps (“The Rite of Spring”)

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