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2014/15 Civic Orchestra Season


Open Rehearsal With Riccardo Muti

Monday, September 29, 2014

CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti will lead Civic in an open rehearsal of Liszt’s free-flowing symphonic poem, Les preludes.

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Beethoven 5

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot opens the 2014/15 season with one of the best-known pieces in all of classical music, Beethoven’s iconic Fifth Symphony. Also on the program is Haydn’s final symphony, the dazzling No. 104 (London).

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Mozart Great Mass

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chicago Chorale joins the Civic Orchestra in an exciting and rare collaboration featuring Mozart’s elaborate Mass in C Minor. Nicholas Kraemer, an expert on early classical music, leads this ambitious piece that has been described as the perfect synthesis between classical harmony and Baroque counterpoint.

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Open Rehearsal with Riccardo Muti

Monday, January 26, 2015


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Stravinsky Petrushka

Monday, March 2, 2015

CSO Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Matthew Aucoin makes his debut with the Civic Orchestra. This program features Adès’ techno-like Asyla and Stravinsky’s Petrushka, one of the most entertaining pieces of 20th-century music.

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Ravel Daphnis et Chloé

Monday, April 20, 2015

CSO Principal Second Violin Baird Dodge joins the Civic Orchestra for a performance of James Matheson’s Violin Concerto, which received its world premiere by Dodge and the CSO in December 2011. Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot also leads Suite No. 2 from Ravel’s exciting and sensual “choreographic symphony,” Daphnis et Chloé.

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Debussy La Mer

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Join the Civic Orchestra and Cristian Macelaru for Debussy’s greatest orchestral masterpiece, La mer. In this vivid music, the French composer achieves one of the most perfect balances in all symphonic music between architectural mathematics and the shimmering use of symbolism and suggestion, deeply immersing the listener in a world of dreams and the unconscious.

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Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances

Monday, June 1, 2015

Ludovic Morlot leads the Civic Orchestra’s final 2014/15 concerts in a program featuring Rachmaninov’s powerful and glittering Symphonic Dances, bringing the season to a fitting close.

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