Beethoven & Tchaikovsky


Guest Artist: Oksana Ezhokina, piano
Guest Conductor:  Scott Speck
Location: Pantages Theater
Date: Sunday, November 17
Time: 2:30 p.m. 
Tickets: $19, $29, $45, $65, $77
Glass: Funeral from Akhnaten
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Conductor Scott Speck - called "magical" and "masterful" by the San Francisco Chronicle - leads the TSO as the fourth and final candidate in the music director search. Scott Speck is the co-author of two of the world’s best-selling books on classical music for a popular audience, Classical Music for Dummies and Opera for Dummies.  He is music director of the Joffrey Ballet, the West Michigan Symphony, and Artistic Director of the Chicago Philharmonic.   Previously he directed the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony and served as Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Opera.
Minimalist composer Philip Glass himself created this instrumental setting of the funeral scene from his gripping opera Akhnaten.  Russian-born pianist Oksana Ezhokina - a faculty member at PLU - makes her TSO debut performing Beethoven's magnificent First Piano Concerto.    Tchaikovsky's Fifth is by turns fiery and intense, interspersed with moments of melancholy and longing.


Listen to Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1, 1st Movement:

Listen to Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, 1st Movement: