After an acclaimed 11-concert tour of Asia, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra returned to Orchestra Hall for its first performances since early January. Guest conductor Pablo Heras-Casado and pianist Simon Trpčeski joined the CSO for a program of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 (Winter Dreams).

In his review, Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich wrote: “Though Trpčeski took the famous opening theme rather slowly, he finessed the concerto’s subsequent technical demands with apparent ease. Better still, he brought a pervasive sense of lyricism to his pianism, even in thorny, gnarly passagework.”

Lawrence A. Johnson, writing in the Chicago Classical Review, said, “Trpčeski’s technique is unassailable. He tackled the finale’s virtuosic bursts with jarring power and speed and nary a dropped note, Heras-Casado and the orchestra scrambling to keep pace. The pianist pumped up the adrenalin to the final bars, yet so exhilarating were his chops and virtuosity one can even forgive his showmanship in leaping up from the piano with the final chord.”

The program repeats Feb. 16-17. For more information, click here.

Videography and photos: ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2019