Russian Masters: Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev
Thu July 9, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Fri July 10, 2020 | 7:30 pm
Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Nareh Arghamanyan, piano
Mussorgsky, Night on Bald Mountain
Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto might never have seen the light of day — his mentor initially declared it “absolutely unplayable.” Luckily Tchaikovsky ignored this critic, published his concerto, and unveiled what has become one of the most famous piano concertos of all time. Pianist Nareh Arghamanyan, whom Musical America has called “a major, major, major talent,” performs here. Principal Guest Conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni returns to conduct Prokofiev’s masterful Fifth Symphony. “I conceived of [Symphony No. 5] as glorifying the grandeur of the human spirit . . . praising the free and happy man,” said Prokofiev of the uplifting symphony he composed against the backdrop of WWII. Mussorgsky’s haunting and beloved Night on Bald Mountain opens this all-Russian program.
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