Schubert, Brahms, Kilar
November 15, 2015, 7:00 pm
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Evanston
Scott Speck, Conductor
Robert McDonald, Piano
Next! Foyer Music: The Lira Singers
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished)
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1
KILAR: Little Overture
This season we explore turning points in the lives, careers, and works of major composers. In Turning Points, we tackle the ultimate of all personal transformations as the orchestra performs Franz Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, written as Schubert faced his own mortality. Johannes Brahms overcame his self-doubt with his Piano Concerto No. 1 — the stormy expression of a young genius striving to be counted with Beethoven and Mozart. Acclaimed pianist Robert McDonald joins the Chicago Philharmonic for this masterpiece. Little Overture was the first true success for Polish composer Wojciech Kilar, who went on to score 130 films including Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Polish vocal group the Lira Singers will perform in the foyer before the concert, showcasing some of the Polish Highland music that inspired Kilar’s works.
Robert McDonald is chair of the piano studies program at the Curtis Institute of Music and a member of the piano faculty at The Juilliard School. He has won top prizes in various international competitions, including the Busoni, Kapell, and Washington competitions.
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