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Location:Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
Address:10268 Younge St. Richmond Hill Map
Start date:June 26, 2020
Time:08:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Often described as the composer’s masterpiece, the Symphonic Variations by César Franck is a dramatic improvisational-like work of thematic metamorphosis for solo piano and orchestra. Dedicated and first performed by his son on his nineteenth birthday, Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is a joyful work filled with youthful vitality and the romance of the prior century. The idea of fate, “a fatal force that prevents our strivings for happiness from succeeding,” continues to haunt Tchaikovsky in his dark and brooding Symphony No. 5.

Kristian Alexander | music director
Sheng Cai | pianist
Michael Berec | host

7:10 p.m. Prélude (pre-concert recital)
7:20 p.m. Pre-concert talk in the foyer of Richmond Hill Centre
Intermission discussion with Michael Berec and Sheng Cai

Franck, Symphonic Variations
Shostakovich, Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2
Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5, Op. 64