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  • Carnegie Hall Presents
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Boston Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Thomas Adès by Brian Voce, Kirill Gerstein by Marco Borggreve
All the elements are in place for an unforgettable evening of music when a superstar pianist joins one of America’s legendary orchestras conducted by one of most innovative composers of our day. Kirill Gerstein, called “one of the distinguished classical artists of his generation” (The New York Times), performs a new piano concerto by Thomas Adès, the composer of the critically acclaimed opera The Exterminating Angel and a world-class pianist in his own right. Adès then shows why he is a much sought-after conductor when he directs Tchaikovsky’s tumultuous and melodically splendid Symphony No. 4.

Part of: Great American Orchestras

Boston Symphony Orchestra is also performing November 19 and March 19.

Thomas Adès is also performing March 13.

Kirill Gerstein is also performing March 13.



Boston Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès, Conductor
Kirill Gerstein, Piano


LISZT Mephisto Waltz No. 1
THOMAS ADÈS Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (NY Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

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Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 

Tchaikovsky and his patroness Nadezhda von Meck never met, but corresponded for nearly 14 years. She was his closest confidante while he composed his Fourth Symphony, and he freely shared his thoughts with her about one of the work’s key themes: “fate, the decisive force which prevents our hopes of happiness from being realized.” The fate motif opening the symphony sets the tone for its turbulent spirit. Melodically splendid and vibrantly orchestrated, Tchaikovsky secretly dedicated his magnificent symphony “to my best friend,” Meck.

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