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AFTERWORK
MASTERWORKS
®
4 CONCERTS AT 6:30
Escape the everyday grind with the luscious sound of the world-renowned Chicago
Symphony Orchestra. Each Afterwork Masterworks concert features incredible music
with an
early start time and no intermission
. Stay after each performance for an
engaging Q&A with the guest artists and enjoy complimentary wine in the Grainger
Ballroom.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
[NOTE DAY]
DEBUSSY
LA MER
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki
conductor
Leila Josefowicz
violin
Adès
…but all shall be well
Stravinsky
Violin Concerto
Debussy
La mer
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5
DUTOIT AND
DUFOUR
Charles Dutoit
conductor
Mathieu Dufour
flute
Paul Jacobs
organ
Connesson
Flute Concerto
 [CSO Commission, World Premiere]
Saint-Saëns
Symphony No. 3
(Organ)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
MUTI AND
SHARP
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti
conductor
John Sharp
cello
Schubert
Symphony No. 8
Elgar
Cello Concerto
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14
JUROWSKI CONDUCTS
STRAUSS
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski
conductor
Eugene Izotov
oboe
Strauss
Serenade in E-flat Major
Strauss
Oboe Concerto
Strauss
Metamorphosen
PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM UPPER LEFT:
SUSANNA MÄLKKI, CHARLES DUTOIT, VLADIMIR JUROWSKI,
RICCARDO MUTI
The youthful Jean Sibelius dreamed of writing an opera, a vast
drama that would do for Finnish epic poetry what Wagner’s
Ring
cycle had done for Teutonic lore. He spent nearly two years
sketching transitions and interludes, but he never found words
strong enough to match his music. He abandoned the opera and
transformed his creation into an achingly beautiful orchestral suite,
the Four Legends.
Each movement of the suite depicts a decisive moment from the
adventures of the mythological Finnish hero, Lemminkäinen. In the
first, Lemminkäinen and the Maidens of Saari, the bold hero arrives
on an island of surpassingly beautiful women. He begins to seduce
them, only to be chased off when the native men of the island
discover his presence. The music vividly suggests Lemminkäinen’s
initial sighting of the island before shifting into a frenetic dance
with passionate lyrical themes.
Sibelius wrote of his second movement: “Tuonela, the land of death,
the hell of Finnish mythology, is surrounded by a large river of black
waters and a rapid current, in which the Swan of Tuonela glides
magestically, singing.” The swan’s voice is heard in the famous
and haunting English horn solo, which hovers above muted strings,
grows to a powerful climax and ends in a sonorous death-march as
Lemminkäinen drowns while attempting to capture the swan.
In the final two movements, Lemminkäinen’s mother receives news
of her son’s death and travels to Tuonela to reassemble his body
and restore him to life. Resurrected, the hero returns home riding a
great steed. The suite concludes in a thrilling flourish of hoofbeats.
PERFORMED APRIL 3–8
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN
conductor
four legends
SIBELIUS
FROM THE
KALEVALA
1...,12-13,14-15,16-17,18-19,20-21,22-23,24-25,26,28-29,30-31 34-35,36-37,38-39,40-41,42-43,44-45,46-47,48-49,50