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April 17, 2015

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS THREE-WEEK FRENCH REVERIES & PASSIONS FESTIVAL, MAY 3–24, 2015

CHICAGO—Guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in three weeks of programs that focus on symphonic and operatic repertoire by Ravel, Debussy and Messiaen, as part of the French Reveries & Passions festival, which begins May 3. In addition to three CSO programs, the three-week festival also includes recitals by two young French pianists, an evening of jazz by French artists, chamber music performed by CSO musicians and the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative
April 16, 2015

HARSICHORDIST MAHAN ESFAHANI REPLACES KRISTIAN BEZUIDENHOUT IN CSO’S UPCOMING SUBSCRIPTION CONCERTS LED BY GUEST CONDUCTOR HARRY BICKET

CHICAGO—Due to health-related reasons, harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming Chicago Symphony Orchestra performances on April 30, and May 1 and 2 with guest conductor Harry Bicket. Mahan Esfahani will replace him in these concerts, which mark his United States orchestral debut.
April 15, 2015

SYMPHONY CENTER PRESENTS PIANO SERIES CONTINUES WITH DEBUTS BY FRENCH PIANISTS CÉDRIC TIBERGHIEN AND ALEXANDRE THARAUD

CHICAGO—The Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Piano series features two exciting debuts by French pianists  Cédric Tiberghien on Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. and Alexandre Tharaud on Sunday, May 10, at 3 p.m. Both recital programs are part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s French Reveries and Passions Festival (May 3-24), which focuses on repertoire of French composers Ravel, Debussy and Messiaen and includes orchestral, jazz, piano and chamber music programs.
April 14, 2015

SYMPHONY CENTER PRESENTS JAZZ SERIES 2015/16 PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED

CHICAGO—The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces the 2015/16 Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series programming. Now entering its 22nd season, the SCP Jazz series at historic Orchestra Hall includes ten concerts featuring today's most acclaimed and innovative jazz artists. Non-subscription special concerts for the 2015/16 season have also been added.
April 9, 2015

BAROQUE SPECIALIST HARRY BICKET CONDUCTS THE CSO IN PERFORMANCES OF MUSIC BY RAMEAU AND BACH

CHICAGO—Guest conductor Harry Bicket, who last appeared with the CSO in 2012, returns to Chicago to lead performances featuring early music and a modern twist on April 30, May 1 and 2, 2015. Fellow harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout joins Bicket and the CSO as soloist in Poulenc’s Concert champêtre. Bezuidenhout’s performance in Chicago is his first since making his CSO debut in concerts led by conductor Trevor Pinnock in 2012.
April 8, 2015

May 2015 Calendar of Events

The following listings are current as of April 7, 2015. For the most updated and complete program information, please click the links below or visit cso.org. All concerts take place in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center unless otherwise noted. Artists, programs and prices are subject to change.
April 8, 2015

CSO AT THE MOVIES 2015/16 SERIES PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED

CHICAGO—The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announces the programming for the 2015/16 CSO at the Movies series, which includes three film programs with music performed live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This year’s series features Leonard Bernstein’s score to director Elia Kazan’s Academy Award-winning drama On The Waterfront on Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m.; American film composer Alan Silvestri’s score to the Robert Zemeckis classic Back To The Future on Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m., w
April 6, 2015

RICCARDO MUTI AND CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 2014 PERFORMANCE OF BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 9 AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON-DEMAND VIDEO STREAMING BEGINNING MAY 7, 2015

CHICAGO—Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s September 2014 performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, which opened the CSO’s 2014/15 season, will be available for free on-demand video streaming beginning May 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. Central time. The performance will be available for viewers worldwide at cso.org/Beethoven9, RiccardoMutiMusic.com, on the CSO’s social media channels including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
April 2, 2015

SYMPHONY CENTER PRESENTS PIANO SERIES CONTINUES WITH RECITAL FEATURING PIANIST EVGENY KISSIN

CHICAGO—Piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissin returns to the Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Piano series on April 19 at 3 p.m. for a recital program including works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Liszt and Chopin. The Russian pianist made his CSO debut performing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, led by CSO Music Director Daniel Barenboim, in 1992. Kissin last appeared in recital on the SCP Piano Series in 2013.
March 27, 2015

GUEST CONDUCTOR SEMYON BYCHKOV RETURNS FOR TWO WEEKS OF DIVERSE PROGRAMMING, APRIL 16-26

CHICAGO—Conductor Semyon Bychkov returns to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in two subscription programs: one featuring Russian repertoire, the other devoted to Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, from April 16 through April 26, 2015. Russian pianist Danill Trifonov, who returns for the first time since his CSO debut in 2012, joins Bychkov and the CSO for performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Bychkov’s most recent appearance with the CSO was in 2013 in a program featuring music by