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Alexander Nevsky - Under The Mongol Yoke, Sergei Prokofiev
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Muti Conducts Prokofiev and Scriabin

8:00 PM
Prokofiev, Scriabin
Saturday, January 24, 2015

Riccardo Muti conducts works by two Russian composers for whom he has a remarkable affinity. Scriabin’s First Symphony is a glorious six-movement work that culminates in a triumphant chorus, yet it also holds much tender lyricism. Prokofiev’s cantata Alexander Nevsky, by contrast, is full of fire and steel, its imaginative orchestration and rousing choruses evoking Russia’s medieval victory over invading Teutonic knights.

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There will be a free screening of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1938 film Alexander Nevsky on Tuesday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall. Riccardo Muti, CSO Music Director, and Phillip Huscher, CSO Program Annotator, will make introductory comments about the film and its relationship to Prokofiev’s cantata, followed by the screening at 8:00 p.m. Read more >

Tickets are free, and may be ordered at the Symphony Center Box Office or by calling Patron Services at 312-294-3000.

After Friday’s concert, head straight to POST, our lively after-concert cocktail lounge. Enjoy a DJ performance from Brian Keigher (DJ Warp) featuring Dominic Johnson on electric viola, and a $5 KOVAL drink special. Stop by to hang out, mingle and talk about the music!

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus is made possible by a generous gift from Jim and Kay Mabie.


  • Scriabin Symphony No. 1
  • Prokofiev Alexander Nevsky

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This performance is part of the:

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Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversations with Laura Prichard.
30 minute run-time.

Thurs., January 22, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Fri., January 23, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Sat., January 24, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom


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