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Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

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The Cleveland Orchestra
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano*

Concert Details

As much as any work written for ballet, Sleeping Beauty is a beloved classic — Tchaikovsky himself thought it one of his best works, “a dancing symphony” about fate and life woven from the old tale of a princess who pricks her finger and is put under a hundred-year spell to be awakened by a handsome suitor. Stravinsky later proclaimed this score the “convincing example” of Tchaikovsky’s great creative power.  For the evening concerts, the Tchaikovsky is paired with Saint-Saëns's “Egyptian” Concerto, written in Luxor while the composer was on one of his frequent winter vacations to the land of the pyramids.

At a Glance
BERLIOZ - Overture to Béatrice and Bénédict
SAINT-SAËNS - Piano Concerto No. 5 (“Egyptian”)*
TCHAIKOVSKY - Selections from Sleeping Beauty

*Not part of the Friday morning concerts

This weekend's concerts are sponsored by
Jones Day.

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Special Related Events

Free Concert Preview:
"Long Ago and Far Away:  Exotic and Imaginary"
with guest speaker Francesca Brittan,
    Case Western Reserve University

Reinberger Chamber Hall in Severance Hall

Concert Previews are free to all ticketholders.  Previews are held prior to every Cleveland Orchestra subscription concert, beginning 1 hour before the performance.  This series is funded by a generous endowment gift from Dorothy Humel Hovorka.

Post-Concert CD Signing
On Friday, December 6, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet after the evening's performance.
Location: Opus Lounge in Severance Hall

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There are a number of parking options around Severance Hall, the most convenient one being Case Western Reserve University's Campus Center Garage (entrance off East Blvd.).

Pre-Paid Parking (Campus Center Garage)
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