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Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto

Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto

Fri, Jun 9 - Sun, Jun 11, 2017
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
  • Heinz Hall

Get the final stamp in your passport when chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool and Oslo Philharmonic, Vasily Petrenko debuts in a program to honor the city of St. Petersburg. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8 was written at a turning point in the war, and although a great sense of achievement and pride spread across the nation, Shostakovich was not so optimistic, fearing that this would give further rise to Stalin. As a result, the symphony ended with a less-than-hopeful tone, leaving it unpopular and useless for propaganda purposes in his home country. This same weekend, enjoy another debut with rising star Behzod Abduraimov in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Piano Concerto No. 1. The concerto had its Russian premiere in St. Petersburg in November 1875 and has one of the most iconic openings of any classical work.


Vasily Petrenko, conductor (debut)
Behzod Abduraimov, piano (debut)

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This concert is part of these series:

Friday Ovation
Friday Bravura 
Friday Premiere
Sunday Ovation
Sunday Bravura
Sunday Premiere


Tchaikovsky: Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 23  
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Opus 65  

Program Notes


Run Time: Concert will last approximately two hours thirteen minutes.


Map of Heinz Hall