Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”

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Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”
Abravanel Hall
123 W S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA Get Directions



Three distinctive, intense musical voices –German, French, and Russian—epitomize the extraordinary richness of the 19th century romantic era. Wagner’s medieval hero achieving redemption through love, and Berlioz’s obsession with the Shakespearean actress that he would later marry, provide the set-up for the ultimate romantic, Tchaikovsky. He (or his brother) dubbed his final symphony the “Pathétique,” which translated from the Russian means passionate. Declaring he put his “whole soul into this work,” Tchaikovsky pulled out all the emotional stops to produce great depths of emotion. Was the decision to end his last completed work in tragic despair done in the knowledge that he was to die only 9 days after the first performance? We will never know, but we do know that we cannot be without Tchaikovsky’s aching melodies and wrenching harmonies.



Season Sponsor

George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation

Masterworks Series Sponsor




Thierry Fischerconductor
Barlow Bradfordchorus director
Philippe Quintviolin
Utah Symphony Chorus
University of Utah Choirs

Additional Info


GENERAL AGE GUIDELINE: Individuals ages five and older are welcome at this performance. Parents should ensure their children are able to sit quietly through the performance without disturbing others around them. No babes in arms will be admitted.

LATE SEATING POLICY: Late seating will take place after Overture to Tannhäuser, approximately 15 minutes into the program. More information on our late and re-entry policies is found here.