Sep 17

Muti Conducts Beethoven 5

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, September 17, 2015

The distinctive opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is one of the most instantly recognizable motifs in all Western music. Riccardo Muti conducts the landmark work that inspired generations of composers in a program including Mozart's expressive Symphony No. 40 and Liszt's last symphonic poem, From the Cradle to the Grave.

Program

Liszt From the Cradle to the Grave
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Sep 18

Concert for Chicago

CSO Specials

6:30 PM Friday, September 18, 2015

In celebration of the CSO's 125th season, Riccardo Muti and the CSO offer a free concert. This performance is part of the 125 community concerts the CSO will present during its 125th season.

Seating is general admission and tickets are not required.

Program

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Mahler Symphony No. 1

Sep 19

Symphony Ball

CSO Specials

7:00 PM Saturday, September 19, 2015

Co-Chairs Shelley Ochab and Raj Fernando, together with the Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cordially invite you to Symphony Ball, a prestigious gala evening of extraordinary music and anniversary festivities that launches our 125th season. Enjoy a festive preconcert reception at Symphony Center, followed by Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mussorgsky’s popular Pictures from an Exhibition. Gala patrons will continue their evening with postconcert dinner at the Palmer House and dancing to Maggie Speaks.

The CSO’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Weekend is one of Chicago’s not-to-be missed events! All ticketholders are invited to a preconcert champagne toast throughout Symphony Center to celebrate the start the 125th anniversary season.

Concert-only tickets available above. Click here for more information or to purchase Symphony Ball Gala Packages >

Program

Corigliano Campane di Ravello
Elgar In the South
Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel Pictures from an Exhibition

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).

Program

Verdi, arr. Higgins Overture to La forza del destino
Gabrieli, arr. Higgins Selections from Sacrae Symphoniae
Verdi, arr. Higgins Overture to Nabucco
Williams Music for Brass

PERFORMERS

National Brass Ensemble

Special Guest: Riccardo Muti conductor

 

Sep 21

A Conversation with Riccardo Muti

CSO Specials

6:00 PM Monday, September 21, 2015

Maestro Riccardo Muti and Phillip Huscher, the CSO’s program annotator, will be in conversation at the Logan Center in celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary and the CSO’s own 125th season in 2015–16. President Robert J. Zimmer will deliver opening remarks.

To purchase tickets, call 773-702-2787 or visit the University of Chicago website >

Sep 24

Muti Conducts Ravel's Boléro

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, September 24, 2015

This colorful program mixes Mediterranean inspiration with electrifying music from Latin America. Ginastera's fiery Harp Concerto is performed by celebrated French harpist Xavier de Maistre, "a virtuoso of the highest order" (Gramophone). Riccardo Muti's last performances of Boléro with the Orchestra in 2007 were hailed as "fresh, subtle...and genuinely exciting" (Chicago Tribune). This show-stopper will be an enthralling finish to a delightful program.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Program

Chabrier España
Ginastera Harp Concerto
Charpentier Impressions of Italy
Ravel Boléro

Sep 25

Muti Conducts Ravel's Boléro

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, September 25, 2015

This colorful program mixes Mediterranean inspiration with electrifying music from Latin America. Ginastera's fiery Harp Concerto is performed by celebrated French harpist Xavier de Maistre, "a virtuoso of the highest order" (Gramophone). Riccardo Muti's last performances of Boléro with the Orchestra in 2007 were hailed as "fresh, subtle...and genuinely exciting" (Chicago Tribune). This show-stopper will be an enthralling finish to a delightful program.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Program

Chabrier España
Ginastera Harp Concerto
Charpentier Impressions of Italy
Ravel Boléro

Sep 26

Muti Conducts Ravel's Boléro

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, September 26, 2015

This colorful program mixes Mediterranean inspiration with electrifying music from Latin America. Ginastera's fiery Harp Concerto is performed by celebrated French harpist Xavier de Maistre, "a virtuoso of the highest order" (Gramophone). Riccardo Muti's last performances of Boléro with the Orchestra in 2007 were hailed as "fresh, subtle...and genuinely exciting" (Chicago Tribune). This show-stopper will be an enthralling finish to a delightful program.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Program

Chabrier España
Ginastera Harp Concerto
Charpentier Impressions of Italy
Ravel Boléro

Sep 28

Civic Orchestra: Open Rehearsal 1

Civic Orchestra

7:00 PM Monday, September 28, 2015

Complete event information will be available soon.

Program

Charpentier Impressions d'Italie (Impressions of Italy)

Sep 29

Muti Conducts Ravel's Boléro

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This colorful program mixes Mediterranean inspiration with electrifying music from Latin America. Ginastera's fiery Harp Concerto is performed by celebrated French harpist Xavier de Maistre, "a virtuoso of the highest order" (Gramophone). Riccardo Muti's last performances of Boléro with the Orchestra in 2007 were hailed as "fresh, subtle...and genuinely exciting" (Chicago Tribune). This show-stopper will be an enthralling finish to a delightful program.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Program

Chabrier España
Ginastera Harp Concerto
Charpentier Impressions of Italy
Ravel Boléro

Oct 1

Muti & Andsnes

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, October 1, 2015

From the sweet melancholy of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, played by Chicago favorite Leif Ove Andsnes, to the unbridled ferocity of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite, this program embraces a wide gamut of emotions. Riccardo Muti also leads Beethoven's hymn to fraternity and liberation, the Leonore Overture No. 3, and Hindemith's intriguing blend of neoclassicism and modernism, strikingly scored for only strings and brass.

Program

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20
Hindemith Concert Music for Brass and String Orchestra
Prokofiev Scythian Suite

Oct 2

Fall In Love With Music

Volunteer Events

11:30 AM Friday, October 2, 2015

On Friday, October 2 the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association presents the 6th annual Fall in Love with Music Luncheon at the prestigious Standard Club in Chicago. In honor of the 125th year of the CSO, enjoy a private performance by Symphony Center favorite and world-renown Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. The Wall Street Journal calls Mr. Andsnes “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation”. After the performance, Gerard McBurney, the brilliant creative director of Beyond the Score will moderate a Q&A. This amazing opportunity to be up close and personal with these remarkable artists is something attendees will long remember.

Fall in Love with Music Luncheon
The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct.
11:30 AM Reception
12:00 PM Program
1:00 PM Lunch

Fall in Love with Music is a fundraiser presented by the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. Please contact Jessica Erickson with questions.

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Performer

Oct 2

Muti & Andsnes

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, October 2, 2015

From the sweet melancholy of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, played by Chicago favorite Leif Ove Andsnes, to the unbridled ferocity of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite, this program embraces a wide gamut of emotions. Riccardo Muti also leads Beethoven's hymn to fraternity and liberation, the Leonore Overture No. 3, and Hindemith's intriguing blend of neoclassicism and modernism, strikingly scored for only strings and brass.

Program

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20
Hindemith Concert Music for Brass and String Orchestra
Prokofiev Scythian Suite

Oct 3

Muti & Andsnes

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, October 3, 2015

From the sweet melancholy of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, played by Chicago favorite Leif Ove Andsnes, to the unbridled ferocity of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite, this program embraces a wide gamut of emotions. Riccardo Muti also leads Beethoven's hymn to fraternity and liberation, the Leonore Overture No. 3, and Hindemith's intriguing blend of neoclassicism and modernism, strikingly scored for only strings and brass.

Program

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20
Hindemith Concert Music for Brass and String Orchestra
Prokofiev Scythian Suite

Oct 4

Pollini Plays Chopin

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 devoted to two composers who have been central to his illustrious career. "Everything Pollini does [has] an air of authority few performers living today can match. The energy, the searching intellect, the sonorous piano tone, and the utter confidence that have gripped audiences over the decades were fully on view" (The Classical Review).

Program

Schumann Allegro in B Minor, Op. 8
Schumann Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17
Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
Chopin Two Nocturnes, Op. 55
Chopin Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat Major, Op. 61
Chopin Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

PERFORMERS

Oct 8

Bychkov Conducts Brahms

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, October 8, 2015

Conductor Semyon Bychkov brings an imaginative program inspired by Johannes Brahms. His triumphant First Symphony is coupled with a modern-day reflection of Brahms' work by one of Germany's leading composers, Detlev Glanert. French violinist Renaud Capuçon, praised for his "intensely lyrical" tone and "gloriously rich sound" (BBC Music Magazine), is the soloist in Brahms' invigorating and heavenly Violin Concerto.

Program

Glanert Brahms-Fantasie [United States Premiere]
Brahms Violin Concerto
Brahms Symphony No. 1

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