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SCP ORCHESTRA

 

Nov 15

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

SCP Orchestra

7:00 PM Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, led by acclaimed conductor Zubin Mehta, is recognized internationally as an eminent musical institution and as Israel's musical ambassador. The legendary ensemble returns to Symphony Center with a program featuring Ravel's whirling and exhilirating La valse and Beethoven's famous Eroica Symphony. "Mr. Mehta drew pulsing, rich and varied playing from the orchestra" (The New York Times).

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

 

Oct 4

Maurizio Pollini

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, October 4, 2015

Maurizio Pollini, one of the world's most celebrated pianists, returns to open the 2015/16 Symphony Center Presents Piano series with a program of expressive and fantastical works by Schumann and Chopin. "Noted for his crystalline interpretations of modern masterpieces, the Italian pianist can also transform the simplest Mozart sonata into an elevating experience and the most intellectual Beethoven sonata into an emotional catharsis" (Chicago Reader).

Nov 1

Sir András Schiff: Last Sonatas Part 2

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sir András Schiff returns for the second installment of The Last Sonatas, a series of three recitals comprising the final three sonatas of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. This program highlights these beloved composers' second-to-last sonatas, from Mozart's quintessentially classical Sonata in B-flat Major to Schubert's bold and romantic Sonata in A Major.

Nov 15

Evgeny Kissin

SCP Piano

2:00 PM Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dazzling virtuosity, poetic interpretations, extraordinary talent—expect these and more when phenomenal pianist Evgeny Kissin returns to Orchestra Hall. Kissin, a long-time Symphony Center favorite, never fails to awe sold-out houses with his incredible depth, lyricism and power. "The capacity crowd leapt to its feet at the end, roaring its appreciation, clearly hoping to hear another marathon of encores" (Chicago Tribune).

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

 

Oct 30

Joshua Bell

SCP Chamber

8:00 PM Friday, October 30, 2015

Joshua Bell, the "most perfect interpreter of this generation" (Houston Chronicle) and a Symphony Center favorite, returns to Chicago for a captivating performance of sonatas by Beethoven, Fauré and Strauss. Expect an evening of Bell's signature combination of technical precision and breathtaking artistry.

Feb 28

Mitsuko Uchida with Musicians from the CSO

SCP Chamber

3:00 PM Sunday, February 28, 2016

Don't miss Mitsuko Uchida in her only 2015/16 appearance at Symphony Center. The sublime pianist collaborates with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in delightful chamber music by Mozart and Schumann. "With Mitsuko Uchida, even matters of sheer technique emerge as poetry" (The New York 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.

SCP JAZZ

 

Oct 16

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, October 16, 2015

Powerhouse trio The Bad Plus gained international attention with their interpretations of works by musicians as wonderfully diverse as Nirvana, ABBA and Stravinsky. In a brilliantly inspired move, the boundary-smashing ensemble has collaborated with fiery saxophonist Joshua Redman to create a hotly anticipated supergroup of phenomenal musicians.

Nov 6

Chucho Valdés: Irakere 40

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, November 6, 2015

"A pianist of imperial command, possessed of a dazzling, deceptively casual virtuosity" (The New York Times), Chucho Valdés, "the dean of Latin jazz," celebrates Irakere, the landmark Afro-Cuban group he founded four decades ago. Featuring the revolutionary music that defined a genre, this must-see concert will bring the Symphony Center audience to its feet.

Nearly 45 years after recording the epic Echoes of a Friend, a tribute to his friend and bandmate John Coltrane, NEA Jazz Master McCoy Tyner receives a tribute to his own phenomenal career. Featuring performances by two great pianists who emerged under Tyner's towering influence, Geri Allen and Danilo Pérez, and a special appearance by Tyner himself, this extraordinary concert celebrates the music and artistry of "one of the most brilliant pianists and commanding leaders in modern music" (DownBeat).

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

 

Sep 20

National Brass Ensemble

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, September 20, 2015

The finest brass players in the world gather at Symphony Center for a historic performance of the National Brass Ensemble. Hailing from the nation's most prestigious orchestras from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco, this concert will feature a guest appearance by Riccardo Muti conducting Verdi overtures arranged for the ensemble. Don't miss "a once-in-a-lifetime concert" that will make the house tremble (Classical Sonoma).

Oct 11

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, October 11, 2015

The world-renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán return for their annual Symphony Center program that has enchanted audiences year after year. Celebrated as "the greatest mariachi in the world," the acclaimed ensemble showcases the rich tradition of Mexican folk music with unparalleled musicianship and joyful pageantry.

 

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.

Nov 7

An Evening with the BoDeans

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Saturday, November 7, 2015

Legendary live band the BoDeans return to Symphony Center for an evening of their chart-topping hits and new songs from their critically-acclaimed 2015 release I Can't Stop. For more than 30 years, the BoDeans have delivered roots rock from the heartland earning them a place in Billboard's Top 100, making them one of Rolling Stone's Best New Bands and a favorite with fans. Don't miss classic hits like "Closer to Free," "Fadeaway," "Still the Night," "Good Things" and more! Southern rock singer/songwriter Charlie Mars opens the evening.

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Nov 28

Vienna Boys Choir

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Saturday, November 28, 2015

Ring in the holiday season with the enchanting sounds of the Vienna Boys Choir when they return for their annual Thanksgiving weekend performance! This legendary choir has captivated millions with their incredible musicianship and unique charm. Enjoy an afternoon filled with holiday favorites, secular music and popular folk songs.

Dec 1

A Chanticleer Christmas

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Please note: This event takes place at Fourth Presbyterian Church

Chanticleer's annual performances in Chicago are the perfect way to spark your holiday spirit. This Grammy® Award-winning "orchestra of voices" will perform traditional Christmas music ranging from Baroque classics to 21st-century favorites in Chicago's beautiful Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Please note:
· This concert will take place at Fourth Presbyterian Church at 126 E. Chestnut St. (Michigan Ave. between Chestnut and Delaware).
· The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. The lobby space will open at approximately 6:15 p.m., and seating will begin at approximately 6:45 p.m.
· Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of the House Manager.
· Seating is first come, first served within the area in which you purchased tickets.
· Please be aware that side balcony and side main floor seating have largely obstructed views.
· Discounted parking is available at the 900 N. Michigan garage. Your parking ticket must be validated at the church and you must enter the garage after 5:00 p.m. to receive this rate.
· The Box Office will be located in the main lobby near the Chestnut Street entrance.
· A coat check will be available in Anderson Hall.

Dec 16

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Witness the staggering power, amazing precision and brilliant virtuosity that make the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass the best in the world. These acclaimed musicians will present a program of traditional favorites and symphonic masterworks arranged for brass ensemble.

Join fellow ticketholders after the performance for a discussion about Arnold Jacobs, former Principal Tuba player for the CSO, in celebration of the centennial of his birth. Participants will include Gene Pokorny, Jim Smelser, Dan Gingrich, Jay Friedman and Charlie Vernon and will be moderated by WFMT’s Carl Grapentine. This event will occur on stage in Orchestra Hall. No tickets required.

This concert is presented in collaboration with the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference.

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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