Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Does Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto

What could be better than to fill your weekend with the beautiful and elegant music of Tchaikovsky. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto featuring Stephen Hough this Thursday, March 4 through Saturday, March 6. This Indianapolis music event offers a sampling from two of the greatest composers ever to create music. Another exciting Indianapolis event takes over the Hilbert Circle Theatre on Monument Circle in Indianapolis downtown.

The opening notes of Tchaikovshy’s First Piano Concerto have made it a legendary piece of music. The complexity with which he composed his introduction is a popular subject for debate in the musical world. Its combination of French, Ukrainian and Russian folk themes offer a rich and lyrical opening. Legend has it that Tchaikovsky based the melody on a tune he first heard being played by a blind street musician and beggar in a Ukrainian market. Because of its apparent formal independence from the concerto as a whole, it was a noted beginning. But upon closer inspection, Tchaikovsky’s arrangement is a complex reflection of the entirety of the piece.

Renowned British pianist Stephen Hough, joins the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra as a soloist on this piece. As one of the most influential piano players of our time, Hough was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 2001. He has played across the United States and around the globe, sharing his talents with the world. From Aspen to the Hollywood Bowl to Salzburg, Hough has been celebrated as an artist everywhere he goes. He has played with some of the most noteworthy orchestras in the world including the London Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic and a United States tour with the Russian National Orchestra.

Famous for his performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concertos, Hough has been hailed as “a virtuoso who begins where others leave off.” His performance style has been called “the most perfect piano playing conceivable.” Don’t miss your chance to hear this acclaimed musician bring beauty to Indianapolis culture.

Following Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra offers Beethoven’s Second Symphony, which was completed just as the composer was losing his hearing. Conductor Jim Gaffigan will lead the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Stephen Hough through both pieces.

Tickets for this Indianapolis art event range from $10.00 to $44.00 dependent on seating and performance times. This Indianapolis performing arts event occurs on Thursday at 11:00 am and Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Indianapolis downtown as you make your outing to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra complete. Eat dinner at any of the scrumptious Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars downtown. After the performance enjoy a carriage ride around the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at the heart of the Circle City.

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Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto
Thursday, March 4 through Saturday, March 6

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Hilbert Circle Theatre
45 Monument Circle
Indianapolis, IN