Telling the Stories of Music

Beyond the Score is a musical experience like no other. Using live theater, stunning visual projections and orchestral excerpts played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, each installment will immerse you in the compelling stories behind symphonic music.

Enjoy three brand-new productions this season as the CSO transports you to the worlds of composers Manuel de Falla, Leonard Bernstein and Leoš Janácek, bringing their music, passion, humor and joy vividly to life!


2 Fridays + 1 Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
10/24/15 – 5/13/16
+ Special Q&A session with Gerard McBurney, creative director of Beyond the Score
Call 312-294-3000 to order by phone.

3 Sundays at 3:00p.m.
10/25/15 – 5/15/16
+ Special Q&A session with Gerard McBurney, creative director of Beyond the Score
Call 312-294-3000 to order by phone.

SUBSCRIBE to Beyond the Score for the ULTIMATE BENEFITS! Enjoy:

•  FREE, flexible and easy ticket exchanges. Take advantage of quick and easy phone exchanges in advance of the concert with no fees. ($10 fee applies to all day-of-concert exchanges.)
•  Savings of up to 34% off single ticket prices.
•  Reduced, prepaid parking for only $13.75 per park at the Grant Park South Garage.
•  15% off at tesori when you dine postconcert.
•  Priority seating—we reserve the best seats in the house only for our subscribers.

Purchase your tickets online now or call 312-294-3000 for personalized service.

Oct 24

Beyond the Score: Bernstein in New York City

Beyond the Score

7:30 PM Saturday, October 24, 2015

In its fearless exuberance, stylistic openness and garish and unashamed variety, the music of Leonard Bernstein perfectly embodies the time and place in which he lived, the United States in the second half of the 20th century. Beyond the Score celebrates the approaching 100th anniversary of this legendary artist's birth with a loving portrait of the dazzling range of his imagination through passages from his iconic compositions and extraordinary footage and archival material. The performance ends with Bernstein's most famous orchestral showpiece, the much loved Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

Mar 11

Beyond the Score: Janáček in the Slavic Lands

Beyond the Score

7:30 PM Friday, March 11, 2016

One of the most original and wayward of all composers, Leoš Janácek shocked and baffled his contemporaries by turning his back on the old classical rulebooks. Instead, he chose to take his musical inspiration from the roughest and most contradictory sources all around him: peasants calling to one another in the marketplace, children playing in the streets, drunken village celebrations and the raw noises of the natural world. From such primitive materials, this stubborn Moravian genius created some of the most gripping and colorful dramas ever written, from world famous operas such as Kátya Kabanová and The Cunning Little Vixen to Taras Bulba, a rhapsody for orchestra that depicts three dramatic and bloodthirsty episodes in the violent life of a Cossack leader.

May 13

Beyond the Score: Falla in the South of Spain

Beyond the Score

7:30 PM Friday, May 13, 2016

Passionately loyal to his ancestral roots in the far south of Spain, Manuel de Falla spent nearly 20 of the most intense years of his composing life in the beautiful and historic city of Granada in Andalusia. What so powerfully drew him there was the richly diverse culture of this ancient world, with its exotic blend of Islamic, Christian, Jewish and Romany traditions; its fabulous architecture and landscapes; and most of all, the unforgettably heart-rending and world famous music of flamenco—its sensual dancing, strummed guitars and "deep song," the cante jondo, which Falla himself called the purest and oldest of all the different forms of gypsy music. From such stunningly beautiful material, Falla created his own timeless world, a dream-like Spain of hot and perfumed nights, tragic passions and dark incantations.