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SCP ORCHESTRA

 

Mar 18

Montreal Symphony Orchestra

SCP Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, March 18, 2016

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra brings its "beautiful and enormously powerful" (La Razon) sound to Chicago with celebrated Music Director Kent Nagano. Phenomenal young pianist Daniil Trifonov joins the orchestra for Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. The program closes with a fiery performance of Stravinsky's savage and revolutionary The Rite of Spring.

Apr 17

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra

SCP Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, April 17, 2016

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra has made regular guest appearances in the most important musical capitals and music festivals around the world. One of the most outstanding podium personalities of our time, Mariss Jansons brings the orchestra to Chicago for a performance of Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony.

 

SCP PIANO

 

Jan 24

Menahem Pressler

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, January 24, 2016

Menahem Pressler is among the world's most distinguished and honored musicians, with a career that spans almost six decades. He continues to captivate audiences throughout the world as performer and pedagogue, presenting solo and chamber music recitals to great critical acclaim and amassing over 30 solo recordings. "A poet, time and again revealing unexpected depths in works that have been endlessly plumbed and surveyed" (The New York Times).

Feb 14

Sir András Schiff: Last Sonatas Part 3

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sir András Schiff's Chicago installment of The Last Sonatas comes to a close with a performance of the final piano sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. The program includes Haydn's Sonata in E-flat Major, widely considered to be his greatest, and Schubert's nostalgic Sonata in B-flat Major, written during the last months of the composer's life.

Mar 6

Lise de la Salle

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, March 6, 2016

One of today's most exciting young artists, French pianist Lise de la Salle makes her SCP Piano series debut with a program featuring an eclectic collection of works by Franz Liszt. At 27 years old, she has achieved an impressive international career and has been praised as a musician of uncommon sensibility and maturity. "De la Salle played so well that, for much of the concert, the audience had to remember to breathe" (The Washington Post).

Apr 3

Richard Goode

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, April 3, 2016

Richard Goode is hailed for music-making of tremendous emotional power, depth and expressiveness. His rare balance of mind and spirit makes him one of today's leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. He returns to Symphony Center for an afternoon of selections by Johann Sebastian Bach. "Goode has so thoroughly entered into the spirit of the compositions he performs that you’d swear the composer himself was at the keyboard" (Toronto Globe and Mail).

May 1

Yefim Bronfman

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, May 1, 2016

Prokofiev's ominous and emotional "War Sonatas" are tackled by Yefim Bronfman, one of the most talented virtuosos performing today. His combination of impressive technique and fiery passion is a perfect match for this collection of exciting, emotional works. "A marvel of digital dexterity, warmly romantic sentiment, and jaw-dropping bravura" (Chicago Tribune).

May 22

Marc-André Hamelin

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, May 22, 2016

"One-of-a-kind concert artist" (The Los Angeles Times) Marc-André Hamelin constantly breaks boundaries with his original interpretations of classic repertoire. Hamelin appears on the SCP Piano series in a program exemplifying his surreal technique and adventurous curiosity, featuring works by Mozart, Debussy, Schubert and Hamelin himself.

Jun 5

David Fray

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, June 5, 2016

An artist who "walks the fine line between expression and intellect, emotion and technique perfectly" (Gesellschaft Freunde der Künste), David Fray closes the 2015/16 SCP Piano series. The award-winning French pianist has garnered worldwide attention for his fascinating performance style and unique interpretations. After his Chicago debut at Symphony Center in 2011, Fray was praised for being a "true individual" with "remarkable technique" (Chicago Sun- Times).

SCP CHAMBER

 

Apr 10

The Complete Brahms Piano Quartets

SCP Chamber

3:00 PM Sunday, April 10, 2016

Johannes Brahms' piano quartets are jewels of the beloved composer's output. This all-star ensemble presents all three of these rich and romantic masterpieces in one afternoon at Symphony Center.

Jun 12

Yo-Yo Ma with Musicians from the CSO: A Distant Mirror

SCP Chamber

3:00 PM Sunday, June 12, 2016

One of the most venerated performing artists today, Yo-Yo Ma displays his peerless musicianship in a unique program. A Distant Mirror explores the musical worlds and contemporary resonances of the 16th and 17th centuries, including the impact of the period's most celebrated literary figures, Shakespeare and Cervantes.

SCP JAZZ

 

Jan 22

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, January 22, 2016

The unparalleled virtuosos of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra led by Wynton Marsalis return to Symphony Center for a performance of classic big band masterpieces by the genre's legends. Experience the stylistic authenticity and unmatchable sense of swing of "the greatest large jazz ensemble working today" (Chicago Tribune).

 

Note: Due to speaker placement for this event, patrons in the Terrace will not experience the same high quality of sound as in other areas of Orchestra Hall.

Detroit jazz label Mack Avenue Records boasts a luminary roster of all-star talent. Brought together for an unforgettable evening are all-time greats the Christian McBride Trio, along with jazz legend Gary Burton, the show-stopping Tia Fuller and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra virtuoso Sean Jones. Local piano legend Willie Pickens opens the evening. "Those lucky enough to get in heard a jazz pianist at the pinnacle of his abilities, Pickens summoning power without bombast and sophistication without pretension—and all of it dispatched with a robust sense of swing" (Chicago Tribune).

Feb 26

Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed / Rudresh Mahanthappa Bird Calls

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, February 26, 2016

Grammy®-nominated vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris dazzles audiences and critics alike with his passionate artistry and energetic stage presence. He brings his new band Sonic Creed and their "high-gloss, dizzyingly virtuosic blend of postbop, funk and R&B-informed groove" (Time Out New York). Also featured on this remarkable program, world-class saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa pays homage to Charlie Parker with a set of bluesy, soaring works influenced by jazz music's renowned titan of improvisation.

Apr 22

Brad Mehldau Trio

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, April 22, 2016

Ever pushing the envelope, the Brad Mehldau Trio combines classically influenced melodies with resounding grooves. Whether they're playing original compositions, dusting off familiar standards or bringing the songs of Radiohead, Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens into the jazz fold, their personal imprint is instantly recognizable. "Everything gravitates towards the trio’s signature sound...sassy and swaggering, full of optimistically strutting spirit" (BBC Music).

Honoring the incomparable "Divine One," the stalwart Chicago Jazz Orchestra led by Jeff Lindberg brings a program of Sarah Vaughan's classic music to Symphony Center. Don't miss exquisite performances by Dee Alexander, Ann Hampton Callaway and René Marie, three outstanding vocalists who have been undeniably influenced by one of the most unforgettable voices in jazz. "Vaughan's operatic intonation and range coincided with an improvisatory brilliance and rhythmic drive that made the most casual performance an exercise in virtuosity" (The New York Times).

Revered jazz saxophonist and one of the genre’s most influential composers, Wayne Shorter can stop time with his improvisational genius and the sheer sound of his playing. The Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award winner brings his acclaimed quartet of all-stars to Symphony Center for what is sure to be "a magnificent and volatile performance that prizes the give and take of collective improvisation" (The New York Times).

Jun 10

Gregory Porter

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, June 10, 2016

With his soulful baritone, deft phrasing and charisma to burn, Grammy® Award-winning vocalist Gregory Porter has quickly become an audience favorite by fusing pop, soul and gospel influences into a sound that is "strong and sometimes experimental, and mightily good" (The New York Times). Local rising star and recent Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition winner Marquis Hill fronts his elite post-bop BlackTet to open the evening's program.

SCP SPECIALS

 

Jan 23

Jazz for Young People®: Who is Duke Ellington?

SCP Specials

1:00 PM Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will inspire children of all ages with their incredible dedication, infectious energy and enthusiasm for jazz. Who is Duke Ellington? explores the life and music of one of the greatest composers in jazz history. Bring the young people in your life for a foot-tapping, swinging good time!

Two of the greatest jazz orchestras in history come together for an epic one-night-only Battle Royale. The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, with its distinctive Kansas City-style swing, defined the big band sound of the 1930s and '40s.They join Symphony Center favorite Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for an incredible night of timeless big band magic featuring the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, plus classic Count Basie arrangements.

Feb 21

Chinese New Year

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, February 21, 2016

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an exhilarating concert that showcases the rich history of Chinese music, from the traditional to the contemporary. Save the date for a special performances, part of Chicago’s annual citywide Chinese New Year celebration. More details to be announced soon!

Mar 20

Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, March 20, 2016

International phenomenon Zakir Hussain, the greatest living master of the tabla, returns with his handpicked ensemble of world-class percussionists. Don't miss a performance that crosses the spectrum of Indian classical music, filled with "mesmerizing improvisations, dazzling technique and beguiling wit" (World Music Institute).

Mar 25

Pink Martini

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Friday, March 25, 2016

"Jet set, vintage-chic and more than a little campy" (The New York Times), Pink Martini brings their signature cocktail of crowd-pleasing classical, pop and jazz to Symphony Center. Immerse yourself in an evening of glamour with the eclectic ensemble that calls themselves a "rollicking around-the-world musical adventure...if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we'd be that band."

Apr 5

The Tallis Scholars

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Since their founding over forty years ago, The Tallis Scholars have become the gold standard for Renaissance sacred music. Led by director and founder Peter Phillips, the revered a cappella group performs a concert of exquisite Renaissance and contemporary music. “Their immaculate intonation and accuracy were a given; their full, pure, clear sound, big enough to fill the hall, distinguished their performance” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

Please note:
This concert will take place at Fourth Presbyterian Church at 126 E. Chestnut St. (Michigan Ave. between Chestnut and Delaware).

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