Canellakis Debut: Beethoven & Shostakovich
Boisterous • Grave • Meditative
A reflection on dictatorship and oppression
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
About this Performance
The internationally acclaimed Karina Canellakis makes her conducting debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony in this weighty program.
Reduced to the status of a “non-person” during the Stalin regime, Shostakovich consistently used his artistic stance to speak against the tyranny of the Russian government. In his Tenth Symphony, we hear the composer’s reflection in light of Stalin’s death, clearly harkening back to a heinous time where millions died under his rule. Yet stay patient for the momentary triumph illustrated at the end of this dark symphony, knowing that good ultimately did conquer evil.
Also, hear the “serious, intelligent and virtuosic music-making” (The Observer) of Kirill Gerstein in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1, filled with nods to Mozart but still overpouring with Beethoven’s own unique style.
This season, we're showcasing three themes: Voices of Today, Made in Pittsburgh, and Follow the Piano. Each highlights a series of concerts carefully crafted to showcase art with meaning and purpose for our community. This specific concert highlights:
Follow the Piano
“88 Keys for Pittsburgh”
The long-awaited new Steinway concert piano has arrived at Heinz Hall, and we invite you to follow these “88 Keys for Pittsburgh” together with 10 of the most admired pianists in the world. View all concerts →
Featuring: Karina Canellakis, Kirill Gerstein
INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*
- Apr 14, 2023 at 08:00 pm (Fri)
- Apr 16, 2023 at 02:30 pm (Sun)
600 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
The closest parking is available across the street at the 6th & Penn Garage or Theater Square Garage.