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January 30, 2015

WYNTON MARSALIS AND THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA IN RESIDENCE AT SYMPHONY CENTER FOR THREE SWINGING JAZZ SETS ON VALENTINE’S DAY WEEKEND FEBRUARY 13 & 14

CHICAGO—Symphony Center welcomes world-renowned trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) back to Chicago for three concert programs over Valentine’s Day weekend in February. Their two-day residency opens with a Symphony Center Presents Jazz series concert on Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m. and continues on Saturday, February 14 with a Jazz for Young People® matinee concert, followed by an evening concert featuring the full 15-piece JLCO, as well as a
January 29, 2015

SYMPHONY CENTER PRESENTS TWO SCREENINGS OF FILM CLASSIC THE GODFATHER WITH LIVE PERFORMANCE OF THE SCORE BY MEMBERS OF THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CHICAGO—Symphony Center Presents brings Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award ®–winning film The Godfather to Symphony Center for two special events February 3 and 4 at  7 p.m. Conductor Justin Freer leads members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in a live performance of Nino Rota’s legendary score while the film is screened in HD. These screenings are one of only a few taking place worldwide since the presentation had its world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall in December 2014.
January 28, 2015

JAAP VAN ZWEDEN LEADS CSO IN BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 5 AND SONGS BY SCHUBERT AND STRAUSS WITH BARITONE MATTHIAS GOERNE

CHICAGO — Guest Conductor Jaap van Zweden returns to Symphony Center to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, as well as selected songs by Franz Schubert and Richard Strauss with internationally-acclaimed German baritone Matthias Goerne as soloist. Performances take place Thursday and Saturday, February 5 and 7 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m. The CSO, van Zweden and Goerne also perform this program Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln,
January 26, 2015

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR ITS 125TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON—2015/16

CHICAGO (January 26, 2015)— Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Jeff Alexander, President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announce the programming for the CSO and Symphony Center Presents (SCP) 2015/16 season—the Orchestra’s 125th season and Muti’s sixth as music director.
January 26, 2015

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MEMBERS TO PERFORM AT BELLEVUE HOSPITAL AND OFFER MASTER CLASSES IN RESNICK EDUCATION WING JANUARY 30 & 31 DURING CARNEGIE HALL RESIDENCY WITH CSO MUSIC DIRECTOR RICCARDO MUTI

CHICAGO—Under the leadership of Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Chorus travel to Carnegie Hall in New York City for three unique concert programs on January 30, January 31 and February 1, 2015.  As part of the residency, members of the Orchestra will participate in CSO Citizen Musician™ on Tour activities on January 30 and 31. The CSO’s Citizen Musician™ Initiative encourages musicians, music lovers and music organizations to use the pow
January 15, 2015

THE CLINTON FAMILY FUND MAKES $2 MILLION GIFT TO CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CHICAGO—Jeff Alexander, President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announced today that CSOA Trustee Bruce Clinton and his wife, Martha, along with members of The Clinton Family Fund, pledged $2 million to the CSOA to endow the Principal Timpani position in the Orchestra. The position, held since 2013 by David Herbert, will be known as The Clinton Family Fund Principal Timpani Chair of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
January 9, 2015

MusicNOW 2014/15 SERIES CONTINUES WITH PROGRAM FEATURING WORK BY COMPOSER JONNY GREENWOOD

CHICAGO — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) acclaimed MusicNOW series—dedicated to showcasing contemporary music through an innovative concert experience—presents its second concert of the 2014/15 season on Monday, January 19 at 7 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park (205 E. Randolph Dr., Chicago). MusicNOW is curated by the CSO’s Mead Composers-In-Residence Mason Bates and Anna Clyne and led by principal conductor is Cliff Colnot.
January 9, 2015

SYMPHONY CENTER PRESENTS JAZZ SERIES TURNS UP THE HEAT IN JANUARY WITH LATIN JAZZ DOUBLE-BILL AND NEWEST PROJECT FROM VOCALIST DIANNE REEVES

CHICAGO—Symphony Center Presents an electric double bill with legendary jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri performing on the SCP Jazz series for the first time since 1998 with his famous Latin jazz septet, and young bassist Carlos Henriquez with his quintet on Friday January 16 at 8 p.m. Returning to Symphony Center for the first time since 2013, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves shares her Beautiful Life project with audiences on Friday, January 30 at 8 p.m.
January 8, 2015

CRISTINA ROCCA NAMED VICE PRESIDENT FOR ARTISTIC PLANNING AT THE CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

CHICAGO—Jeff Alexander, who officially assumes duties as President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association on January 12, 2015, announced today the appointment of Cristina Rocca to the position of Vice President for Artistic Planning, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Chair, effective March 16, 2015. Rocca replaces Martha S. Gilmer, who left the CSOA in September to become Chief Executive Officer of the San Diego Symphony.
December 22, 2014

CSO MUSIC DIRECTOR RICCARDO MUTI LEADS TWO WEEKS OF CONCERTS IN CHICAGO IN JANUARY

CHICAGO—Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, returns in January 2015 for several weeks of concerts with the CSO at both Symphony Center and Carnegie Hall. Muti’s winter residency begins with performances in Chicago—on January 15, 16 and 17—of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2, featuring pianist Yefim Bronfman. The program closes with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 (Winter Daydreams), part of the complete cycle of Tchaikovsky symphonies that Muti leads in the current season.