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Fate & Festivals

Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto

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Chart-topping concerto
Dates Wed 13 Mar, Fri 15 Mar, Sat 16 Mar Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration 2hrs (incl. 20-min interval)
One of the great piano concertos is the centrepiece of this thrilling program that runs from the drama of fate to a festival spirit.

Tchaikovsky always wears his heart on his sleeve, whether in the exhilarating brilliance of his most popular piano concerto or in his youthful and very Russian obsession with fate. But the intense drama gives way to festivals as Respighi goes wild in a set of orchestral showpieces noisy portraits of Roman circuses, ecstatic pilgrims, high - spirited holidays and endless dancing.

The Othello Overture doesn't try to tell the story of Shakespeare's play, but its mix of tenderness and violent passion sets the scene for the whole concert.

We've invited charismatic young Canadian conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe to conduct, and Korean pianist Joyce Yang makes her third visit to Sydney to take the solo spotlight.

Joyce
Yang performs Rachmaninoff
Joyce Yang performs Rachmaninoff

Joyce Yang performs the final movement of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.3 with the SSO, April 2011.

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PROGRAM
  • DVOŘÁK Othello Overture
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Fatum (Fate)
  • RESPIGHI Roman Festivals
Artists
  • Charles Olivieri-Munroe conductor
  • Joyce Yang Piano
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