Jun 28

Lila Downs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

CSO Specials

7:30 PM Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Multiple Grammy® Award winner Lila Downs captivates audiences with her soaring voice and innovative fusion of traditional Latin American music with jazz, soul and hip-hop. For one night only, she collaborates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to perform selections from her critically acclaimed album Balas y Chocolate and other traditional favorites. “At the center is Downs’ singular voice—cantina-classical—a three-octave instrument that delights in sustaining notes longer than an Olympic swimmer can hold her breath” (The Washington Post).

All ticketholders are invited to a special postconcert Q&A with Lila Downs hosted by the CSO Latino Alliance in Grainger Ballroom.

Program

Márquez Danzón No. 2
Lila Downs: Selections to be announced from the stage

Jun 30

Raiders of the Lost Ark

CSO Specials

7:00 PM Thursday, June 30, 2016

One of the greatest movie heroes of all time is coming to Symphony Center, armed with his hat, whip and notorious wit! Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's iconic film that launched the adventures of archaeologist Indiana Jones by experiencing Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams' epic score live.

Program

Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark

Jul 1

Raiders of the Lost Ark

CSO Specials

7:00 PM Friday, July 1, 2016

One of the greatest movie heroes of all time is coming to Symphony Center, armed with his hat, whip and notorious wit! Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's iconic film that launched the adventures of archaeologist Indiana Jones by experiencing Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams' epic score live.

Program

Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark

Jul 2

Raiders of the Lost Ark

CSO Specials

2:00 PM Saturday, July 2, 2016

One of the greatest movie heroes of all time is coming to Symphony Center, armed with his hat, whip and notorious wit! Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's iconic film that launched the adventures of archaeologist Indiana Jones by experiencing Raiders of the Lost Ark with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams' epic score live.

Program

Williams Raiders of the Lost Ark

Jul 12

CSO at Ravinia: Respighi's Fountains of Rome

Ravinia

8:00 PM Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ravinia kicks off the 80th residency of the CSO with the American premiere of Marsalis's first concerto for solo instrument, co-commissioned by Ravinia. Nicola Benedetti, the violinist it was written for, plays it with the CSO.

The program also features Respighi's Fountains of Rome as part of a season-long celebration of water-themed music to open the new water sculpture, Chorus, at the grand entrance.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

Marsalis Violin Concerto in D Major [United States Premiere, Ravinia Co-commision]
Respighi Fountains of Rome
Respighi Pines of Rome

Performers

Cristian Măcelaru conductor
Nicola Benedetti violin

Jul 13

CSO at Ravinia: The Planets–An HD Odyssey

Ravinia

8:00 PM Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On a space-themed program, Ravinia presents the Chicago premiere of a new HD experience, the new film from NASA that presents jaw-dropping images from its most recent missions that look like they're straight out of science fiction.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra
Holst The Planets

Performers

Cristian Măcelaru conductor
Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director

Jul 16

CSO at Ravinia: Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Ravinia

7:30 PM Saturday, July 16, 2016

The perfect concert for new listeners as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 may be the definitive work of classical music and certainly features the most famous four notes in the entire world.

Daniel Barenboim hadn't recorded the Elgar Cello Concerto, which he made famous with Jacqueline du Pré, after her death. However, the talent of Weilerstein called him back to the studio for a stunning new recording of the classic work. Experience the artistry that he could not ignore.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor
Beethoven Symphony No. 5

Performers

Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Alisa Weilerstein cello

Jul 20

CSO at Ravinia: Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Ravinia

8:00 PM Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Program

R. Strauss Don Juan
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 2

Performers

Vasily Petrenko conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano

Jul 23

CSO at Ravinia: James Levine Returns

Ravinia

7:00 PM Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ravinia's longtime music director James Levine (1973-93) returns for the first time in more than two decades to lead the orchestra in Mahler's "Resurrection" Symphony, the first piece he played when he made his Ravinia debut 45 years ago as a last-minute replacement for that season's gala.

Ravinia Women's Board hosts the annual gala as the only musical fundraiser for the not-for-profit festival and its REACH*TEACH*PLAY eduation programs, which serve 75,000 people every year.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

Mahler Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection)

Performers

James Levine conductor
Ying Fang soprano
Karen Cargill mezzo-soprano
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director

Jul 26

CSO at Ravinia: Stravinsky's The Firebird

Ravinia

8:00 PM Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Created by the genius company behind Broadway's and London's War Horse, Stravinsky's immortal Firebird takes on a new life in this visionary puppet interpretation in its Midwest debut.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

Debussy La mer
Britten Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
Stravinsky The Firebird

Performers

Ben Gernon conductor

Jul 29

CSO at Ravinia: Titanic Live

Ravinia

7:00 PM Friday, July 29, 2016

Complete film shown on Pavilion and lawn videos screens

Nothing compares to reliving a favorite movie in the company of thousands of like-minded fans who laugh and cry and thump their hearts en masse in all the right places. Ravinia will embark on this first-class experience by presenting for the first time in the Midwest the complete film Titanic accompanied by an orchestra performing its score live. Rolling like an Irish brogue and smelling like the sea, the late James Horner’s minor chords combined with James Cameron’s major motion picture to create an Oscar darling, winning a record-tying 11, including Best Picture and Best Original Score. In addition to his highly respected silver-screen scores, Horner had begun a career of symphonic composition cut short by the plane crash that caused his untimely death last summer.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

Horner Titanic

Performers

Ludwig Wicki conductor
Clara Sanabras vocalist
Chicago Children's Choir
Josephine Lee director

Jul 30

CSO at Ravinia: Titanic Live

Ravinia

7:00 PM Saturday, July 30, 2016

Complete film shown on Pavilion and lawn videos screens

Nothing compares to reliving a favorite movie in the company of thousands of like-minded fans who laugh and cry and thump their hearts en masse in all the right places. Ravinia will embark on this first-class experience by presenting for the first time in the Midwest the complete film Titanic accompanied by an orchestra performing its score live. Rolling like an Irish brogue and smelling like the sea, the late James Horner’s minor chords combined with James Cameron’s major motion picture to create an Oscar darling, winning a record-tying 11, including Best Picture and Best Original Score. In addition to his highly respected silver-screen scores, Horner had begun a career of symphonic composition cut short by the plane crash that caused his untimely death last summer.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

Horner Titanic

Performers

Ludwig Wicki conductor
Clara Sanabras vocalist
Chicago Children's Choir
Josephine Lee director

Aug 2

CSO at Ravinia: "New World" Symphony

Ravinia

8:00 PM Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Program

Weber Overture to Der Freischütz
Schumann Piano Concerto in A Minor
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)

Performers

Gustavo Gimeno conductor
Daniil Trifonov piano

Aug 3

CSO at Ravinia: Rhapsody in Blue

Ravinia

8:00 PM Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Music simply doesn’t get any more American than in two masterful and equally tuneful expressions of our country’s psyche from the mid-20th century, even though the two composers never met and came from vastly different backgrounds. It took a genius songwriter from Tin Pan Alley, one George Gershwin, to convincingly weave that most American genre, jazz, into the fabric of a modern orchestra with his Rhapsody in Blue, the original version of which popular pianist Jeffrey Kahane will play and conduct from his keyboard. He will also bring to bear the work of Leonard Bernstein, the enormously talented classical conductor and pianist who brought grand-scale, symphonic sense of occasion to the quintessentially American Broadway stage in West Side Story, from which the dance music has taken on a vivacity of its own as a collection of some of the most recognizable tunes even today.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (Original Jazz Band version)
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Performers

Jeffrey Kahane conductor and piano

Aug 5

CSO at Ravinia: Paul Lewis Plays Beethoven's Fourth Concerto

Ravinia

8:00 PM Friday, August 5, 2016

Making his first appearance on Ravinia’s podium and with the CSO is Kirill Karabits, who has established himself as an intuitive leader of Prokofiev, earning superlatives at the BBC Proms with the composer’s Fifth Symphony. Every facet was praised: The Times basked in how “Karabits gets a craggy, near-Russian sound from the strings, winds, and brass in the opening movements and whiplash virtuosity in the Allegro giocoso finale,” while The Independent was impressed with the “glory [that] lies in the Adagio, which Karabits delivered with supreme assurance.” For Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto, he will be joined onstage by Paul Lewis, who Gramophone says sets “an unmissable benchmark” for the transcendental composer’s works. Written around the same time as his only opera, its middle movement is steeped in drama and discourse, evoking contemporary musical imagery of Orpheus’s journey into the underworld.

Purchase tickets at the Ravinia Festival website.

Program

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Performers

Kirill Karabits conductor
Paul Lewis piano

Aug 9

CSO at Ravinia: The Second Symphonies of Bernstein & Brahms

Ravinia

8:00 PM Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Program

Bernstein Symphony No. 2 (The Age of Anxiety)
Brahms Symphony No. 2

Performers

David Zinman conductor
Misha Dichter piano

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