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Reveries & Passions
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Mother Goose Suite, Ravel

Salonen Conducts Ravel

8:00 PM
Ravel, Debussy
Saturday, May 9, 2015

In this first program of the 2015 Reveries and Passions Festival, Esa-Pekka Salonen couples an early Debussy work with two Ravel pieces inspired by youth. The Mother Goose Suite, a radiant collection of musical tales from Tom Thumb to Beauty and the Beast, expresses considerable depth of feeling despite its deceptively simple exterior. A fantasy opera in one act about childhood, L'enfant et les sortilèges (The Child and Magic Spells) presents an enchanting and poignant story about a rude child who learns compassion.

This program is part of the 2015 Reveries and Passions Festival.

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  • Ravel Mother Goose Suite
  • Debussy La damoiselle élue
  • Ravel L'enfant et les sortilèges

Additional Dates for this Program


This performance is part of the:

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Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversations with Derek Matson.
30 minute run-time.

Thurs., May 7, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Fri., May 8, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Sat., May 9, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Fri., May 15, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage


Chloé Briot
soprano (Child)
Kate Royal
soprano (Shepherdess/Bat/Owl)
Marie-Eve Munger
coloratura soprano (Fire/Nightingale/Princess)
Marianne Crebassa
mezzo-soprano (Louis XV Chair/Shepherd/Squirrel/Female Cat)
Manuel Núñez Camelino
tenor (Teapot/Little Old Man (Arithmetic)/Frog)
Elodie Méchain
contralto (Mother/Chinese Cup/Dragonfly)
Stéphane Degout
baritone (Clock/Tomcat)
Bradley Smoak
bass (Armchair/Tree)
Duain Wolfe
chorus director


Additional Funding

The CSO is grateful to Julie and Roger Baskes, lead sponsors of our Reveries and Passions Festival. 

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

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