The Des Moines Symphony’s “Giunta Conducts Chopin, Shostakovich, and Les Préludes” concert begins with Liszt’s most popular symphonic poem, Les Préludes. Eighteen-year-old Chinese pianist Jia Cheng Xiong then joins the orchestra for Chopin’s virtuosic Second Piano Concerto.
He has won numerous awards, performed with several orchestras globally, has been featured on NPR’s From the Top, and currently studies piano at the Curtis Institute of Music. The concert closes with Shostakovich’s contemplative Symphony No. 6.
Joseph Giunta, conductor
Jia Cheng Xiong, piano
LISZT Les Préludes
CHOPIN Piano Concerto No. 2
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6
(Concert recorded March 28-29, 2015)