Sixteen Swans

Thursday 29th June 2023

One quiet evening, Sibelius saw a flight of 16 swans. “God, what beauty!” he exclaimed, and he transformed that natural wonder into the melody that concludes his Fifth Symphony – a tune so good that you feel like you’ve known it forever.


Tonight, it’s the crowning glory of a concert that unites Strauss at his most swashbuckling and Tchaikovsky at his most romantic – with the superb Inon Barnatan returning as soloist in one of the world’s favourite piano concertos. The German-based American conductor, Roderick Cox, winner of the 2018 Georg Solti competition, makes his Liverpool debut.

Post-concert Question Time – starts 15 minutes after the concert ends (in the Music Room) with conductor Roderick Cox..

Strauss Don Juan
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1
Sibelius Symphony No.5

Roderick Cox conductor
Inon Barnatan piano

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