Tchaikovsky’s score captures the true magic of The Sleeping Beauty. The composer himself thought it to be one of his best works. It is a “dancing symphony” about fate and life, woven from an old tale of a princess who pricks her finger and is put under a 100-year spell to be awakened only by the kiss of a handsome prince. Dynamic virtuoso Colin Currie makes his debut with Composer of the Year Sir James MacMillan’s dazzling and sensational percussion concerto, Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, one of his most performed works. Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony open the program with Prokofiev’s much-loved Classical Symphony.
Composer of the Year James MacMillan will be a featured guest during the pre-concert discussion with Assistant Conductor Andrés Franco before both concerts this weekend. This discussion will take place from stage 30 minutes prior to the concert start. It is open and free for all ticketholders.
There will be a post-concert chamber music performance immediately following the concerts on both Friday and Sunday. Jennifer Orchard, violin, Mikhail Istomin, cello, and Dimitri Papadimitriou, piano, will present Rachmaninoff’s Trio élégiaque No. 1 in G minor. This performance is open and free to ticketholders.
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony, Opus 25 (Symphony No. 1)
MacMillan: Veni, Veni Emmanuel
Tchaikovsky: Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
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