I’m very pleased to tell you about the fourth of the four included concerts on our tour. On Thursday, October 2, we’ll attend a performance featuring the French pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He’s been called “one of the best pianists in the world,” and he’ll be performing with the Orchestre de Paris in a programme that includes Barber Adagio for Strings, Gershwin “I Got Rhythm” Variations, and Prokofieff. Here’s M. Thibaudet playing an excerpt from the piano concerto by Edvard Grieg.
The concert also includes a short piano concerto by Chinese composer Qigang Chen, who has lived and worked in France for many years. Er Huang was premiered by the Juilliard Orchestra in 2009, with Lang Lang as piano soloist. Chen’s music is known for its mixing of traditional Chinese music with Western instruments and structure. I’m looking forward to hearing it!
The Salle Pleyel, where the concert is taking place, is near the Arc de Triomphe. We’ll be taking the Paris Métro from near our hotel – about a 20-minute subway ride, followed by a 10-minute walk.