Travel Beyond the Black Sea when the Chicago Philharmonic performs two well-loved symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, plus a composition from Philip Glass inspired by Joseph Conrad's Russian spy novel.
Beyond the Black Sea program:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ~ Symphony No. 5
Sergei Rachmaninoff ~ Piano Concerto No. 2
Philip Glass ~ Music from The Secret Agent
In the enduringly popular Symphony No. 5, Tchaikovsky’s theme of predestination of fate and ultimate victory through strife resonates not just as Russian, but also across the globe. Rachmaninoff, who himself had to overcome great obstacles in composing the Piano Concerto No. 2, brought the world “one of the greatest piano works in the piano repertoire…an unassailably epic work of genius.” (Classic FM). Philip Glass’s The Secret Agent was inspired by Ukraine-born Joseph Conrad’s novel of the same name and composed for the 1996 film. As a shadowy Russian spy skulks through the madness caused by a terrorist attack, Glass’s exquisite combination of instruments captures the moody desolation of nineteenth century London from the point of view of a secret agent from beyond the Black Sea.
Joining the Chicago Philharmonic in this concert is renowned pianist Xiayin Wang. Wang is a successful recording artist and has given live performances throughout the world. Her recordings of Rachmaninoff’s solo piano works won praise for her technique and “awesome clarity and poise” (Gramophone) and she continues to wow audiences and critics with her impressive artistry.
Edward Kelsey Moore will be among the musicians of the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.
Chicago Philharmonic ~ Beyond the Black Sea
Approximate running time is 1 hour 50 minutes, including intermission.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts
9501 Skokie Boulevard ~ Skokie, IL 60077