Critic’s Choice

Wed Apr 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Evgeny Kissin
Evgeny Kissin

Few pianists have made as graceful a transition from preteen phenom to middle-aged master as Evgeny Kissin. Now 43, Kissin returns to Chicago for a recital that will spotlight most of his key repertoire, with sonatas by Beethoven (“Waldstein”) and Prokofiev (No. 4), a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody (No. 15) and a generous helping of Chopin, focused on the Mazurkas and Nocturnes. Concert time is 3 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Center.; 312-294-3000.


This is a week for top Russian pianists. At 24, Daniil Trifonov is already carving out a career as one of the top keyboard artists of the younger generation. Trifonov will return Thursday night in Rachmaninoff’s infrequently heard Piano Concerto No. 1. Semyon Bychkov is on the podium for a program that will also include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8. Concerts are 8 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.; 312-294-3000.

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