Trifonov Plays Prokofiev

Oct 18

8:00 PM

Mantovani, Prokofiev, Bridge, Copland

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Time for Reflection: A concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I

As part of a series of events honoring the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, this concert features works that encourage reflection and inspire hope. Included on the program is the world premiere of Threnos by Bruno Mantovani, Prokofiev’s haunting Third Piano Concerto—performed by Russian superstar Daniil Trifonov—and Copland’s Third Symphony, with its poignant use of the Fanfare for the Common Man theme.

A free lecture, open to all ticketholders, by the foremost scholar on the Star Spangled Banner Mark Clague and Phillip Huscher, will precede the concert.

Come early and enjoy preconcert chamber music performances of works from the World War I era by musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago as part of the Commemoration of the Centennial Remembrance of the Armistice.

Merchandise will be available at The Symphony Store preconcert and at intermission, as well as Grainger Ballroom during intermission and postconcert.

Approximate concert duration: 135 minutes including intermission


Mantovani Threnos [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
Bridge Lament
Copland Symphony No. 3

Bach/Rachmaninov Gigue from Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 [10/18 ENCORE]


Preconcert conversation with Mark Clague
30 minute run-time

Thursday, October 18, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, October 19, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, October 20, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

French composer Bruno Mantovani is on a roll. Seven of his works received premieres over the last year, and guest conductor Marin Alsop and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will debut an eighth during a set of concerts Oct. 18-20. His new work for the CSO, titled Threnos, is a song or hymn of mourning.Typically, such works are slow and elegiac, but Mantovani wanted to create a threnos that also is what he calls “fast and active.” “That can sound like a contradiction, a paradox, but I think paradox is a good thing in music," he said. "Paradox is one of the motors of my music.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

This concert is presented with the generous support of COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), Founder and Chair, Pritzker Military Museum & Library, through the Pritzker Military Foundation.