Liszt vs. Chopin: Chopin's Piano Concerti Weekend

In honor of Music Director Krzysztof Urbański’s Polish heritage, music from Polish musical giants Chopin, Kilar, and Lutosławski will fill the Hilbert Circle Theatre. Both of Chopin’s romantic piano concertos will be played over the course of two performances. 

“Orawa is the only piece in which I wouldn’t change a single note, though I have looked at it many times . . . What is achieved in it is what I strive for—to be the best possible Kilar.” —Wojciech Kilar

Music Shaped Liszt and Chopin's relationship:
Franz Liszt and Fryderyk Chopin wre collaborators, personal friends, and bitter rivals. 

They were born within a year of each other, and both achieved their greatest fame in Paris. Chopin dismissed Liszt as being another piano virtuoso, and Liszt described a Chopin recital as "singularly unpleasant and vindictive." However, Chopin dedicated his first set of études to Franz Liszt and Liszt was genuinely flattered. The true relationship between the two piano giants remains "half hidden, half revealed."

Performance Order:

Friday night:
Concerto in E Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 11 by Fryderyk Chopin
Orawa by Wojciech Kilar
Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutosławski

Saturday night: 
Orawa by Wojciech Kilar
Concerto in F Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 21 by Fryderyk Chopin
Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutosławski

Plan Your Visit

This performance is at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Doors will open one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance.

Learn more about parking, dining, hotels and more in our Plan Your Visit section.

program book

The program book will be posted closer to the performance date.

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Concerto in E Minor, Op. 11 (Friday)




Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21 (Saturday)


Concerto for Orchestra

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