Tchaikovsky Festival: Symphony No. 6, Pathetique

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David Geffen Hall

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2 hours with intermission

Date & Times


Feb, 2017

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Feb, 2017

Friday, 8:00 PM


Feb, 2017

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Our Tchaikovsky festival concludes with Semyon Bychkov (“one of the world’s most sought after conductors” — The Spectator) leading the Pathétique, the powerful musical utterance ranging from boisterous to melancholy. Plus the tale of Francesca and Paolo, whose illicit passion cast them into Dante’s Inferno, and a work by one of Tchaikovsky’s many successors in the Russian Romantic tradition..

Part of Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World: A Philharmonic Festival



Oresteia Overture



Francesca da Rimini



Symphony No. 6, Pathétique


Semyon Bychkov


Semyon Bychkov


Semyon Bychkov by Chris Christodoulou


Newly appointed music director and chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov was born in St. Petersburg and studied at the Glinka Choir School and, as a pupil of the legendary Ilya Music, at the Leningrad Conservatory. He won the Rachmaninov Conducting Competition at age 20, but was denied the prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic and immigrated to the United States. Returning as principal guest conductor of the Philharmonic in 1989, Mr. Bychkov enjoyed success in the United States and Europe following a series of high-profile cancellations that resulted in invitations to conduct the New York and Berlin Philharmonic orchestras and Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He was named music director of the Orchestre de Paris (1989) as well as chief conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (1997) and of the Dresden Semperoper (1998). Mr. Bychkov’s symphonic and operatic repertoire is wide-ranging. In the U.S. he can be heard annually with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras. In Europe he is an annual guest at the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and London Symphony orchestras, and tours frequently with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Vienna and Munich Philharmonic orchestras. Mr. Bychkov conducts in all the major opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Opéra national de Paris, Dresden Semperoper, Wiener Staatsoper, and Madrid’s Teatro Real; in the U.K. he is an annual guest at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Honorary titles at the Royal Academy of Music and BBC Symphony Orchestra reflect the warmth of those relationships. In addition to the core repertoire, Semyon Bychkov has worked closely with many extraordinary contemporary composers, including Berio, Dutilleux, and Kagel. In recent seasons he has worked closely with Julian Anderson, Richard Dubignon, Detlev Glanert, Thomas Larcher, and Renée Staar. Following early concerts with the Czech Philharmonic in 2013, Mr. Bychkov devised The Tchaikovsky Project, a series of concerts, residencies, and studio recordings in which they explored Tchaikovsky together and recorded the results for Decca. The project culminates in 2019 with residencies in Prague, Vienna, and Paris, and the release of the complete recordings. Semyon Bychkov was named 2015 Conductor of the Year by the International Opera Awards.

Learn more about Semyon Bychkov
Special Thanks

Major support for these concerts is provided by Laura Chang and Arnold Chavkin.

Semyon Bychkov’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.


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