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The biggest names in classical music are coming to Symphony Center—and you’re invited! Hear an intimate chamber recital with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; experience the incredible artistry and astounding technique of pianist Evgeny Kissin; listen to the complete Brahms piano quartets played by an all-star ensemble including Leif Ove Andsnes and Christian Tetzlaff; or witness the power of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra led by legendary conductor Zubin Mehta.

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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.




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).



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.



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.



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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