Sep 29

Muti, Beethoven 7 & DiDonato

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, September 29, 2016

Joyce DiDonato, “one of the finest singers of our time” (Gramophone), makes her much-anticipated CSO debut under Riccardo Muti in Martucci’s La canzone dei ricordi (Song of Remembrance). Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony, which closes the program, is a whirlwind of kinetic energy.

Program

Catalani Contemplazione
Martucci La canzone dei ricordi
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

PERFORMERS

Sep 30

Muti, Beethoven 7 & DiDonato

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, September 30, 2016

Joyce DiDonato, “one of the finest singers of our time” (Gramophone), makes her much-anticipated CSO debut under Riccardo Muti in Martucci’s La canzone dei ricordi (Song of Remembrance). Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony, which closes the program, is a whirlwind of kinetic energy.

Program

Catalani Contemplazione
Martucci La canzone dei ricordi
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

PERFORMERS

Oct 1

Muti, Beethoven 7 & DiDonato

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, October 1, 2016

Joyce DiDonato, “one of the finest singers of our time” (Gramophone), makes her much-anticipated CSO debut under Riccardo Muti in Martucci’s La canzone dei ricordi (Song of Remembrance). Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony, which closes the program, is a whirlwind of kinetic energy.

Program

Catalani Contemplazione
Martucci La canzone dei ricordi
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

PERFORMERS

Oct 2

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and special guest Yolanda del Río

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, October 2, 2016

The world-renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán return for its 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. The concert will also feature a set by famed actress and ranchera singer Yolanda del Río, “La Gran Señora de Mexico.”

Come early for a special preconcert performance by students from the Chicago Mariachi Project's Mariachi Academy in the First Floor Rotunda from 2:15-2:45 p.m.

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.

Oct 5

Civic Orchestra at Ear Taxi Festival

Civic Orchestra

7:30 PM Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Complete details on this event are coming soon.

Program

Program to be announced.

Performers

Erina Yashima conductor

Oct 6

Prokofiev's Cinderella & Vine's Five Hallucinations

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, October 6, 2016

James Gaffigan, "a talented force to be reckoned with" (The Examiner), conducts the world premiere of Australian composer Carl Vine's trombone concerto Five Hallucinations. CSO trombonist Michael Mulcahy, who hails from Sydney, Australia, performs this special co-commission by the CSO and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Gaffigan also leads Prokofiev's interpretation of the enchanting fairy tale Cinderella.

Program

Franck Le chasseur maudit
Vine Five Hallucinations for Trombone and Orchestra [CSO Co-commission, World Premiere]
Prokofiev Selections from Cinderella

Oct 7

Prokofiev's Cinderella & Vine's Five Hallucinations

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, October 7, 2016

James Gaffigan, "a talented force to be reckoned with" (The Examiner), conducts the world premiere of Australian composer Carl Vine's trombone concerto Five Hallucinations. CSO trombonist Michael Mulcahy, who hails from Sydney, Australia, performs this special co-commission by the CSO and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Gaffigan also leads Prokofiev's interpretation of the enchanting fairy tale Cinderella.

Program

Franck Le chasseur maudit
Vine Five Hallucinations for Trombone and Orchestra [CSO Co-commission, World Premiere]
Prokofiev Selections from Cinderella

Oct 8

Prokofiev's Cinderella & Vine's Five Hallucinations

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, October 8, 2016

James Gaffigan, "a talented force to be reckoned with" (The Examiner), conducts the world premiere of Australian composer Carl Vine's trombone concerto Five Hallucinations. CSO trombonist Michael Mulcahy, who hails from Sydney, Australia, performs this special co-commission by the CSO and Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Gaffigan also leads Prokofiev's interpretation of the enchanting fairy tale Cinderella.

Program

Franck Le chasseur maudit
Vine Five Hallucinations for Trombone and Orchestra [CSO Co-commission, World Premiere]
Prokofiev Selections from Cinderella

Oct 10

MusicNOW: Ear Taxi Festival

MusicNOW

7:00 PM Monday, October 10, 2016

As the capstone event of the Ear Taxi Festival—a celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene—the opening concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2016/17 MusicNOW season will feature four works by Chicago-based composers. Co-curated by conductor Stephen Burns and a curatorial committee of Chicago’s leading artists and intellectuals, the Ear Taxi Festival is a joyride through Chicago’s new music scene. This program will include two new commissions as well as a collaboration with Manual Cinema, a local video production company, design studio and performance collective that examines the intersection between shadow puppetry and cinema.

Collect your limited-edition MusicNOW poster, specifically designed for this program, in the lobby after the concert. Only 100 posters will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paper by Mohawk Paper
Printing by Artistry Engraving and Graphic Arts Studio

Program

Mellits Splinter
Young where the moss glows [MusicNOW Commission, World Premiere]
Pluta Tile Mosaic (After Chagall)
Manual Cinema with music by Kyle Vegter Monday or Tuesday [MusicNOW Commission, World Premiere]

PERFORMERS

Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Cliff Colnot conductor
Samuel Adams Mead Composer-in-Residence
Elizabeth Ogonek Mead Composer-in-Residence

Manual Cinema
Julia Miller director
Lizi Breit, Julia Miller and Kyle Vegter devised by
Lizi Breit and Julia Miller designer
Alexis Atwill, Lizi Breit, Dan Kerr-Hobert and Diane Mair performers

Oct 13

The CSO at Apostolic Church of God

CSO Specials

7:30 PM Thursday, October 13, 2016

During the CSO’s previous visit to the Apostolic Church of God, Riccardo Muti said, “We are here to bring you our feelings of love and friendship, through music.” Muti and the Orchestra return with an all-Beethoven program featuring his rousing Leonore Overture No. 3 and popular Symphony No. 5.

Ticket not required. Seating capacity is 3000 with overflow seating available.

Program

Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Oct 13

Sadhguru in Chicago

Rental Event

7:30 PM Thursday, October 13, 2016

In this special, interactive event, Sadhguru will offer refreshing and unique insights into many aspects of life, ranging from the mundane to the ultimate. Traversing seamlessly from the ancient to the ultramodern, Sadhguru bridges the gap between the known and the unknown, enabling all those who encounter him to explore and experience the deepest dimensions of life. Being in Sadhguru’s presence creates an extraordinary opportunity to experience one’s natural state of freedom, love and limitless joy.

Sadhguru is a realized yogi, mystic and visionary who has dedicated himself to the elevation of the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of all people. He is an author and opinion maker who is regularly invited to speak at leading international forums. He has spoken at many prestigious global conferences such as World Peace Summit at the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.

Sadhguru is often described as a contemporary spiritual leader, since he belongs to no particular tradition and incorporates aspects of yogic sciences that are most relevant for modern-day life into his teachings and practices. His scientific methods for self-transformation have universal appeal. Sadhguru’s insights into the mechanisms of life are an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, and serve as a guide to exploring the deeper dimensions of life. His life and work serve as reminders that the inner science of yoga is not esoteric philosophy from an outdated past, but is absolutely relevant and applicable to our lives today.

Sadhguru established the Isha Foundation, a volunteer-run international nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating human potential. The Foundation is headquartered at Isha Yoga Center in southern India and at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences in the United States. Under the guidance of Sadhguru and driven by a sense of oneness, love, and a deep longing to reach out and share, the Isha Foundation has also implemented several large-scale human service projects for rural upliftment, education reform, environmental stewardship, as well as holistic and healthy living.

Ticketing Tiers

Premium seating ($300)
•  Offers an intimate experience
•  Receive a copy of Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy signed by Sadhguru
•  First few rows seats

Preferred seating ($100)
•  Excellent seats closer to the stage (just behind Premium seating) and Box seating.
•  Receive a complimentary copy of Inner Engineering: A Yogi’s Guide to Joy

Reserved seating ($25)

Note: Ages 7+

Oct 14

Muti Conducts Pictures from an Exhibition

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, October 14, 2016

CSO Principal Cello John Sharp, praised for his “exceptional lyric sensibility and a flawless technique” (Chicago on the Aisle), is given the spotlight in Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Hindemith’s thrilling Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass precedes Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, a signature CSO showpiece.

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after all Tuesday CSO concerts.

Program

Dvořák Husitská Overture
Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor
Hindemith Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass
Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel Pictures from an Exhibition

Oct 15

Symphony Ball Featuring Muti, Beethoven 5 & Trifonov

CSO Specials

6:00 PM Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association proudly presents a rousing finale to the CSO’s 125th anniversary celebration. Enjoy a festive preconcert reception for all ticketholders at Symphony Center, followed by Riccardo Muti leading the CSO in a re-creation of the Orchestra’s very first program from October 16 and 17, 1891. Gala patrons will continue their evening with postconcert dinner and dancing. For information and to purchase Gala ticket packages, please call 312-294-3185. Don't miss this rare occasion!!

All ticketholders are invited to a preconcert champagne toast throughout Symphony Center. Preconcert reception for all ticketholders begins at 5:00 p.m.

Please note the early concert start-time.

PROGRAM

Wagner A Faust Overture
Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Dvořák Husitská Overture

Oct 16

Caetano Veloso with special guest Teresa Cristina

SCP Specials

7:00 PM Sunday, October 16, 2016

The legendary Caetano Veloso, Brazil's internationally-renowned pop music icon, comes to Symphony Center for one night only. His seductive performance at the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony captured worldwide attention, showcasing the "exquisite, playful, and sublime" (Rolling Stone) artistry of this Grammy-Award winner and music innovator. The earthy and honest voice of Rio de Janeiro's samba superstar Teresa Cristina will perfectly complement Veloso's breezy Brazilian pop.

Performers

Caetano Veloso guitar and vocals
Teresa Cristina vocals

Oct 18

Muti Conducts Pictures from an Exhibition

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CSO Principal Cello John Sharp, praised for his “exceptional lyric sensibility and a flawless technique” (Chicago on the Aisle), is given the spotlight in Schumann’s Cello Concerto. Hindemith’s thrilling Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass precedes Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, a signature CSO showpiece.

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after all Tuesday CSO concerts.

Program

Dvořák Husitská Overture
Schumann Cello Concerto in A Minor
Hindemith Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass
Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel Pictures from an Exhibition

Oct 19

Civic Orchestra: Britten & Beethoven

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Civic's 2016/17 concert season opens with a program of works by Britten and Beethoven, led by guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer. The first half of the program features two of Britten's most popular works – The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, a set of variations based on a theme by Henry Purcell originally commissioned to demonstrate the different instrumental families of the orchestra to children, and the Sinfonia da Requiem, Britten's largest orchestral work, written in 1940. The program closes with Beethoven's cheerful Symphony No. 2, composed in 1802 following his famous respite in rural Heiligenstadt.

Program

Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Britten Sinfonia da requiem
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

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