Apr 28

Haitink Conducts An Alpine Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, April 28, 2016

Former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink returns to Symphony Center with a program including Till Fellner as soloist in Mozart's sunny Piano Concerto No. 22. Haitink, an eminent Strauss conductor, also leads the Orchestra in a majestic performance of Strauss' epic An Alpine Symphony. "Out of the lowest depths of the orchestra, murmurs arise, daylight gathers in the brasses, and then, wham! The sun appears in full orchestral blaze. Dawn arrives in Richard Strauss' An Alpine Symphony, and so begins music's most vividly depicted mountainous ascent" (The New York Times).

Program

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22
Strauss An Alpine Symphony

Apr 29

Haitink Conducts An Alpine Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, April 29, 2016

Former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink returns to Symphony Center with a program including Till Fellner as soloist in Mozart's sunny Piano Concerto No. 22. Haitink, an eminent Strauss conductor, also leads the Orchestra in a majestic performance of Strauss' epic An Alpine Symphony. "Out of the lowest depths of the orchestra, murmurs arise, daylight gathers in the brasses, and then, wham! The sun appears in full orchestral blaze. Dawn arrives in Richard Strauss' An Alpine Symphony, and so begins music's most vividly depicted mountainous ascent" (The New York Times).

Program

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22
Strauss An Alpine Symphony

Apr 30

CSO Family Matinee: Spanish Rhythm & Dance

Family

11:00 AM Saturday, April 30, 2016

What celebration is complete without dancing? Infectious Spanish rhythms will make you tap your toes and clap your hands in this festive program featuring the magnificent dancers from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, celebrating its 40th anniversary during the 2015/16 season. ¡Vamos a bailar! Let’s dance!

Come one hour early for free preconcert activities in the Rotunda.

Spanish Rhythm and Dance Teacher Guide >

Program

Bizet Suite from Carmen
Giménez Intermedio from La Boda de Luis Alonso
Falla The Three-Cornered Hat
Albéniz Suite española
Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol

PERFORMERS

Apr 30

CSO Family Matinee: Spanish Rhythm & Dance

Family

12:45 PM Saturday, April 30, 2016

What celebration is complete without dancing? Infectious Spanish rhythms will make you tap your toes and clap your hands in this festive program featuring the magnificent dancers from Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, celebrating its 40th anniversary during the 2015/16 season. ¡Vamos a bailar! Let’s dance!

Come one hour early for free preconcert activities in the Rotunda.

Spanish Rhythm and Dance Teacher Guide >

Program

Bizet Suite from Carmen
Giménez Intermedio from La Boda de Luis Alonso
Falla The Three-Cornered Hat
Albéniz Suite española
Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio espagnol

PERFORMERS

Apr 30

Haitink Conducts An Alpine Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, April 30, 2016

Former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink returns to Symphony Center with a program including Till Fellner as soloist in Mozart's sunny Piano Concerto No. 22. Haitink, an eminent Strauss conductor, also leads the Orchestra in a majestic performance of Strauss' epic An Alpine Symphony. "Out of the lowest depths of the orchestra, murmurs arise, daylight gathers in the brasses, and then, wham! The sun appears in full orchestral blaze. Dawn arrives in Richard Strauss' An Alpine Symphony, and so begins music's most vividly depicted mountainous ascent" (The New York Times).

Program

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22
Strauss An Alpine Symphony

May 1

CSO Chamber at the AIC: A World of Characters

AIC CSO Chamber

2:00 PM Sunday, May 1, 2016

Enjoy an afternoon filled with Shakespearean inspiration and characters depicted in art and music. The CSO brings its Shakespeare celebration to the AIC with Selections from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major employs dazzling musical techniques that create a musical portrait unlike any other of his chamber works. Brahms’ First String Quartet showcases the composer’s genius for creating rich harmonic character. A postconcert gallery tour will feature 16th and 17th century portraits. 

Please note: this event takes place in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tickets do not include preconcert admission to the Art Institute.

Image: Anthony van Dyck. Lucas Vorsterman, 1630/33. Clarence Buckingham Collection.

Program

Mendelssohn (arr. Martelli) Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Mozart String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 (Dissonant)
Brahms String Quartet in C Minor, No. 1

PERFORMERS

Burnham Chamber Ensemble
Susan Synnestvedt violin
Florence Schwartz violin
Diane Mues viola
Gary Stucka cello

May 1

Civic Orchestra at South Shore Cultural Center

Civic Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Civic Orchestra returns to the historic SSCC for the ninth consecutive season. Last season’s Solti Conducting Apprentice Matthew Aucoin makes his South Shore Cultural Center debut conducting the Civic Orchestra at this special event. No tickets are required for this free concert.

Offered in partnership with the Advisory Council of the South Shore Cultural Center and the Chicago Park District.

Program

Mozart Symphony No. 39
Mozart Selections from La clemenza di Tito
Schubert Symphony No. 3

PERFORMERS

May 1

Yefim Bronfman Plays Prokofiev

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).

Program

Prokofiev Sonata No. 6 in A Major
Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major
Prokofiev Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major

PERFORMERS

May 3

Civic Orchestra: Mozart and Schubert

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The CSO's second Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Matthew Aucoin returns to lead the Civic Orchestra in a cheerful program that features uplifting symphonies by Mozart and Schubert. "[Aucoin] is quickly making a name for himself in classical music's upper echelons…a natural conductor" (The Boston Globe).

Program

Mozart Symphony No. 39
Mozart Selections from La clemenza di Tito
Schubert Symphony No. 3

PERFORMERS

May 5

Classic Encounter Lecture

6:30 PM Thursday, May 5, 2016

NEW FEATURE this season: Join WXRT and Radio Hall of Fame DJ Terri Hemmert and CSO musicians for an uproarious preconcert conversation! For just $15, enjoy dinner, unlimited drinks and a specially curated multimedia presentation on the evening’s concert!

Where the most popular music of the past mingles with the most popular music of our time

A perfect date night, outing with friends, or transition into the weekend, Classic Encounter is where classical music comes to party! Raise your glass and join us for a preconcert experience packed with libations, laughter and legendary music. With over 30 years’ experience in the music industry and specially curated YouTube video playlists for every program, WXRT DJ Hemmert will take you on a journey from Beethoven and Brahms to The Beatles and Beyoncé. Enjoy delicious food, drink and get a behind the scenes look into what it’s like to play for the CSO.

PLEASE NOTE: LECTURE PURCHASE ONLY AVAILABLE TO CONCERT TICKETHOLDERS. Concert tickets must be purchased separately from lecture tickets.

To order tickets, simply click on the event detail page below or call Patron Services at 312-294-3000.

PERFORMERS

Terri Hemmert guest speaker
Catherine Brubaker viola

May 5

Elgar's Enigma Variations

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, May 5, 2016

Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles was praised for his "masterful leadership of the orchestra" (The News-Gazette) after concerts with the CSO in October 2014. He returns to Symphony Center to lead a program including Richard Strauss' spectacular and brilliant tone poem Death and Transfiguration. Benjamin Britten's Sinfonia da requiem paves the way for fellow Englishman Edward Elgar's popular Enigma Variations, 14 intriguing musical portraits of the composer's friends and family.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Program

Britten Sinfonia da requiem
Strauss Death and Transfiguration
Elgar Enigma Variations

May 6

Silverado

CSO Movies

8:00 PM Friday, May 6, 2016

Head to Symphony Center for a special presentation of Silverado, the high-spirited tale of a group of misfit cowboys who team up to seek their fortunes in the American West. Witness the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform Bruce Broughton’s Academy Award®-nominated score, which brims with bold brass melodies, alongside this modern classic film that The New York Times calls "a sweeping, glorious-looking western with vast panoramas, frequent gunfights and a large assortment of handsome, loner-type heroes."

All ticketholders are invited to a free preconcert lecture with conductor Richard Kaufman and composer Bruce Broughton at 7:00 p.m. in Grainger Ballroom.

All rights reserved.
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Silverado © 1985 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved

CAST

Kevin Kline
Scott Glenn
Rosanna Arquette
John Cleese
Kevin Costner
Brian Dennehy
Danny Glover
Jeff Goldblum
Linda Hunt

Written By: Lawrence Kasdan & Mark Kasdan
Produced and Directed By: Lawrence Kasdan

May 7

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Education/OUAS

10:00 AM Saturday, May 7, 2016

The brazen young Goldilocks stumbles upon a quaint cottage, finds that the door is unlocked and goes inside to explore. Little does she know it belongs to three bears and they're on their way home! Through this story, children will experience the wide and wonderful world of the forest through Goldilocks' eyes and playfully explore some of the boundaries and responsibilities that come with growing older.

Preconcert activities begin 45 minutes before the performance!

Goldilocks is presented in Collaboration with Chicago Children's Theatre.

May 7

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Education/OUAS

11:45 AM Saturday, May 7, 2016

The brazen young Goldilocks stumbles upon a quaint cottage, finds that the door is unlocked and goes inside to explore. Little does she know it belongs to three bears and they're on their way home! Through this story, children will experience the wide and wonderful world of the forest through Goldilocks' eyes and playfully explore some of the boundaries and responsibilities that come with growing older.

Preconcert activities begin 45 minutes before the performance!

Goldilocks is presented in Collaboration with Chicago Children's Theatre.

May 7

Betty Haag Academy Magical Strings of Youth Annual Spring Concert

Rental Event

1:00 PM Saturday, May 7, 2016

Featuring three hundred violinists from age three through high school, playing classical violin repertoire.

Magical Strings of Youth of the Betty Haag Academy
Betty Haag conductor

May 7

Elgar's Enigma Variations

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, May 7, 2016

Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles was praised for his "masterful leadership of the orchestra" (The News-Gazette) after concerts with the CSO in October 2014. He returns to Symphony Center to lead a program including Richard Strauss' spectacular and brilliant tone poem Death and Transfiguration. Benjamin Britten's Sinfonia da requiem paves the way for fellow Englishman Edward Elgar's popular Enigma Variations, 14 intriguing musical portraits of the composer's friends and family.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Program

Britten Sinfonia da requiem
Strauss Death and Transfiguration
Elgar Enigma Variations

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