British pianist Stephen Hough brings “the most perfect piano playing conceivable” (The Guardian) to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, a towering masterpiece of tempestuous melodies and harmonic tensions. Bartók’s Dance Suite transitions the program to harmony and unification in his celebratory work of Hungarian folk-style melodies, commemorating the merging of Buda and Pest into the nation’s capital. Bizet’s Carmen Suite steps up the dancing theme with a seductive Spanish flair.

The MSO Steinway piano was made possible through a generous gift from Michael & Jeanne Schmitz