It’s springtime in old Russia, and as crowds throng the Shrovetide Fair, passions are rising. But a puppet can’t have feelings - can he? Stravinsky’s Petrushka is one of the all-time great orchestral showpieces: the glittering, ear-tingling climax to a supercharged concert, as charismatic guest conductor Gustavo Gimeno teams up with keyboard master Jeremy Denk in Beethoven’s darkest and most personal piano concerto. Denk has been declared a “genius” by the USA’s MacArthur Foundation – but he prefers to let his fingers do the talking, and tonight you’ll hear things you’ve never heard before. Beethoven’s Egmont overture gets things off to a powerful start: a gripping musical drama of tyranny and revolution, from a composer who’s guaranteed to stir the blood. 

CBSO+ Saturday 23, 5.30pm: Join Bryony Morrison – Tutti Second Violin – and classical music writer and critic Richard Bratby as they talk about his new book exploring the CBSO, commissioned especially to celebrate our Centenary.

Please note the pre-concert talk will now start at 5.30pm, 15 minutes earlier than previously advertised, due to the Making an Entrance redevelopments. You will be asked to show your ticket for access into the pre-concert talk, and then invited to take your seat for the concert immediately after the talk concludes. Times of talks will be listed on the concert pages of the CBSO and THSH’s websites in advance, please check before making travel plans.