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  • Date Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Time 6:30 pm
  • Venue Carpenter Theatre
  • Conductor Steven Smith
  • Series Symphony in 60
  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 “Pathetique”

Join Steven Smith and special guests as they take you on a 60 minute behind the scenes tour of some great orchestral works. Afterward, head to an exclusive happy hour with Symphony musicians at Maya!

After he finished writing  Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74, “Pathetique,” Tchaikovsky confessed, “I consider this symphony the best thing I have ever done. In any case, it is the most deeply felt. And I love it as I have never loved any of my compositions.” In this piece, Tchaikovsky attempted to capture the essence of life and the fullness of human feeling. The first movement is characterized by an initial theme that is full of impulsive passion, followed by a second theme that is slow and hushed. The second and third movements divert from a traditional symphony, with a distorted waltz and an unexpected march, both based on descending melodic motives, giving it a brooding and sorrowful character. The symphony ends with the same gloominess with which it begins.

Learn more about Stephen Smith, conductor.

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