Throughout this season, the Chicago Philharmonic will be exploring pivotal moments in the lives and careers of major composers. In this Turning Points concert, they'll tackle three personal transformations -- experiencing first success, overcoming self-doubt and facing death -- with a trio of works by Schubert, Brahms and Kilar. The evening features Franz Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony, written as Schubert faced his own mortality, along with Johannes Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1, a stormy expression of a young genius striving to be counted with Beethoven and Mozart. (Brilliant pianist Robert McDonald, longtime teacher at Curtis and Juilliard, joins the Chicago Philharmonic for Brahms' masterpiece.) It also includes a performance of Wojciech Kilar's Little Overture, which proved to be the first true success for the Polish composer, who went on to score 130 films including Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Scott Speck, conductor
Robert McDonald, piano
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Wojciech Kilar: Little Overture