Chicago Philharmonic presents Triumph and Transcendence: Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Earnest​

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The Philharmonic teams up with the Lincoln Trio and physicist Ken Kemner makes an appearance to share analysis of Beethoven’s hair and bone

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The Program

It seems like an obvious fit for the Chicago Philharmonic to team up with the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio. A far less likely collaborator: physicist Ken Kemner. But the award-winning physicist won’t be on hand to perform a slide-whistle solo—rather, he’ll present the results of his x-ray fluorescence analysis of a bone fragment and hair belonging to Beethoven, helping to shed new light on the composer’s illnesses. This, of course, ties in with the evening’s performance of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, presented with the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio, a group that has played for President Obama and earned praise on the personal blog of Alex Ross, famed music critic for The New Yorker.

  • Tchaikovsky—Symphony No. 4: Tchaikovsky does not mess around. Interspersed with uneasy silences, striking fortes rain down in the first movement, giving way to melancholy oboe in the second. By the fourth movement, a bolder mood is struck and the work begins to incorporate a famous Russian folk song, “In the Field Stood a Birch Tree.”
  • Beethoven—Triple Concerto: A fortunate example of royal flattery, Beethoven likely wrote the Triple Concerto to show off the talents of his teenage pupil, the Archduke Rudolph. The elegant piece weaves the violin and cello’s solo parts around the piano’s passages, creating playful melodies that placed the young aristocrat’s keyboard skills in the best light.
  • Earnest—Chasing the Sun: This scherzo for orchestra is American composer John David Earnest’s effort to recreate a moment of transition: the vision and experience of staring out the window during an airplane flight.

Chicago Philharmonic

When the Chicago Philharmonic was founded in 1988, it was a tightly knit ensemble consisting of principals from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Since then, it has blossomed into a collective of more than 200 professional Chicagoland musicians. But despite the increased size and bow-tie budget, the players have lost none of their precision or dynamic nature, prompting the Chicago Tribune to herald the group as “one of the country's finest symphonic orchestras.”

Customer Reviews

Simply beautiful
Christine C. · February 9, 2016
Amazing performance that you will enjoy as all of the members are talented musical professionals.
Linda M. · December 23, 2015
they were lovely (a pianist, a guy on the clarinet and a soloist) -- played christmas songs with a 'jazzy' rendition. great concert! would recommend!
Leonor S. · December 22, 2015

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