Mar 1

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns for another stellar evening at Symphony Center. Don’t miss musical icon Wynton Marsalis leading one of the world’s greatest jazz bands in unforgettable performances of original tunes and classic selections. “You know it’s a good gig when you can’t tell if the band or the audience is having more fun” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

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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.

Mar 2

Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 2, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."

Program

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Widely considered “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” (Chicago Tribune), the mighty Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis comprises some of today’s most outstanding and virtuosic jazz musicians. They join forces with the unparalleled musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an electrifying, one-night-only event that includes classical works paired with newly arranged jazz versions and a selection from Marsalis’ own Swing Symphony, which The Telegraph calls “a journey through jazz history and the sounds of America itself.”

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.

Program

Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Ellington Selections from The River
Mussorgsky Pictures from an Exhibition
Selected movements performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra along with movements arranged and performed by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Marsalis All-American Pep from Swing Symphony

Mar 4

Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival

Rental Event

1:30 PM Saturday, March 4, 2017

The eighth annual Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival brings together top wind ensembles from around the country for a shared performance in famed Orchestra Hall. Each ensemble will feature a piece by the prolific band composer, Percy Grainger, as well as works by other fine composers, including festival clinician Frank Ticheli. The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Free box seating is available for groups of 15 or more on a first-come, first-served basis.

The festival is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information and to request tickets please visit the Grainger Wind Band Festival or call 1-800-395-2036.

Program

Concert Band selections by Percy Grainger, including “Children’s March”, “Irish Tune from County Derry”, “Molly on the Shore”, and much, much more.

Performers

South Dakota State University Wind Symphony
Eden Prairie High School Wind Ensemble
Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band

Mar 4

Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, March 4, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."

Program

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Mar 5

St. Petersburg Philharmonic

SCP Orchestra

7:00 PM Sunday, March 5, 2017

“Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra surpassed all expectations… the St. Petersburg Philharmonic spilled forth music in the purest form possible—straight from each score’s soul and into the hearts of listeners” (The Washington Post). The acclaimed St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Music Director Yuri Temirkanov return to Symphony Center with a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky.

PROGRAM

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

Mar 7

Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, March 7, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."

Program

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Mar 9

Salonen & Yo-Yo Ma

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stravinsky’s ballet about the lovelorn puppet Petrushka remains one of the most striking orchestral works of the modern repertoire. Esa-Pekka Salonen couples Petrushka with John Adams’ equally playful Slonimsky’s Earbox and the world premiere of Salonen’s own Cello Concerto, played by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma.

Note for the Newcomer: Salonen's Cello Concerto, a multi-ensemble co-commission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, will make its world premiere here in Chicago.

RUSH tickets are available for this concert. Call the box office for details 312-294-3000.

Program

John Adams Slonimsky's Earbox
Salonen Cello Concerto [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Stravinsky Petrushka

Mar 10

Salonen & Yo-Yo Ma

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, March 10, 2017

Stravinsky’s ballet about the lovelorn puppet Petrushka remains one of the most striking orchestral works of the modern repertoire. Esa-Pekka Salonen couples Petrushka with John Adams’ equally playful Slonimsky’s Earbox and the world premiere of Salonen’s own Cello Concerto, played by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma.

Note for the Newcomer: Salonen's Cello Concerto, a multi-ensemble co-commission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, will make its world premiere here in Chicago.

RUSH tickets are available for this concert. Call the box office for details 312-294-3000.

Program

John Adams Slonimsky's Earbox
Salonen Cello Concerto [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Stravinsky Petrushka

Mar 11

Once Upon a Symphony: The Bremen Town Musicians

Once Upon a Symphony

10:00 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017

When four farm animals are told they are no longer needed to work on the farm, they set off for the town of Bremen, where they dream of becoming musicians. Along the way they come upon a house full of robbers! The four friends quickly decide to work together to scare away the robbers, discovering that they each have courage that they didn't know they possessed. Preconcert activities begin 45 minutes before the performance! Recommended for 3-5 year olds.

Once Upon a Symphony is produced and presented in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre

Mar 11

Once Upon a Symphony: The Bremen Town Musicians

Once Upon a Symphony

11:45 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017

When four farm animals are told they are no longer needed to work on the farm, they set off for the town of Bremen, where they dream of becoming musicians. Along the way they come upon a house full of robbers! The four friends quickly decide to work together to scare away the robbers, discovering that they each have courage that they didn't know they possessed. Preconcert activities begin 45 minutes before the performance! Recommended for 3-5 year olds.

Once Upon a Symphony is produced and presented in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre

Mar 11

CSO Young Artists Competition

Volunteer Events

2:00 PM Saturday, March 11, 2017

Join us in Orchestra Hall for the exciting final round of the Crain-Maling Foundation CSO Young Artists Competition, a competition featuring the finest young musicians in the state of Illinois. In this free event, one talented young musician will win the opportunity to perform onstage with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at a CSO Youth Concert in the following season. New this season, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago — the training ensemble of the Chicago Symphony — will serve as the accompanying ensemble for the four finalists.
 
The final round of Youth Auditions is a fantastic opportunity to see tomorrow’s international concert artists early in their careers. Previous winners have included such well-known musicians as pianists Walter Liberace, Eugene Istomin and Herbie Hancock; violinist Rachel Barton Pine; and several members of the CSO — including current associate concertmaster Stephanie Jeong and harpist Lynne Turner.  More recent Youth Auditions winners have gone on to appear as soloists with some of the world’s great orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.
 
Tickets are free, though required to attend this exhilarating afternoon of music. The winner of the CSO Young Artists Competition will be announced at a public award ceremony and reception in Grainger Ballroom immediately following the final round. 

Recommended for ages 8 and up.

For more information, visit cso.org/yac

Program

The program for this year’s final round will include:
 
Barber Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 22 (Mvt. I)
Korngold Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (Mvt. I)
Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47 (Mvt. I)
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (Mvt. I)
Mar 11

Salonen & Yo-Yo Ma

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stravinsky’s ballet about the lovelorn puppet Petrushka remains one of the most striking orchestral works of the modern repertoire. Esa-Pekka Salonen couples Petrushka with John Adams’ equally playful Slonimsky’s Earbox and the world premiere of Salonen’s own Cello Concerto, played by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma.

Note for the Newcomer: Salonen's Cello Concerto, a multi-ensemble co-commission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, will make its world premiere here in Chicago.

RUSH tickets are available for this concert. Call the box office for details 312-294-3000.

Program

John Adams Slonimsky's Earbox
Salonen Cello Concerto [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Stravinsky Petrushka

Mar 12

Contemporary Core: Burnham Chamber Ensemble

AIC CSO Chamber

2:00 PM Sunday, March 12, 2017

In celebration of American composer John Adams' 70th birthday, musicians from the CSO perform his playful John's Book of Alleged Dances, which brings to life ten imaginative dances that the composer calls "droll and sardonic." Dvořák's Piano Quintet in A Major also uses dance as a central theme and features a movement devoted to the Slavonic dumka, a type of folk music whole character shifts between moments of melancholy and jollity.

Program

Haydn String Quartet No. 53 (The Lark)
John Adams Four Pieces from John's Book of Alleged Dances
Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2

Performers

Burnham Chamber Ensemble
Susan Synnestvedt violin
Kozue Funakoshi  violin
Diane Mues viola
Loren Brown cello
Andrea Swan piano

Mar 12

Igor Levit

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, March 12, 2017

Winner of Gramophone's 2016 Recording of the Year and one of the most sought-after young artists of this generation, Levit makes his Chicago and Symphony Center debut on the 2016/17 SCP Piano series in a program featuring American composer Frederic Rzewski, whom Levit considers "one of the greatest composers of our time." Rzewski's Dreams II, a phenomenally complex and beautiful work, is inspired by Akira Kurosawa's film Yume. Beethoven's extraordinary, virtuosic showpiece Thirty-Three Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli promises to bring the concert to a thrilling close.  

PROGRAM

Rzewski Dreams, Part II
Beethoven Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

PERFORMERS

Mar 14

Siamsa na nGael: Celtic Celebration

Rental Event

7:30 PM Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Siamsa na nGael has become a well-known and anticipated event in Chicago, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by presenting unique, world-class Celtic entertainment. The 2017 Siamsa na nGael’s will showcase some of the finest Celtic artists in Chicago and throughout the world.

We are excited about this year’s program, A Bridge Over The Troubles: The Peacemakers.

From the Europe Bridge in Strasbourg, France to the Peace Bridge in Derry, Northern Ireland, hear the stories of those who built bridges of respect and peace between people and chose to live for freedom and peace.  We will celebrate one of those bridge builders — John Hume, who along with his wife Pat and Senator George Mitchell sought a way through “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland and brokered the historic Good Friday Peace Accord of April 10, 1998.  Through story, song and dance we will honor them, and all those who seek peace. We are privileged to welcome Senator George Mitchell as our special guest narrator to tell this important story. 

The extraordinary evening will feature performances by the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick's Concert Choir, Trinity Irish Dancers, Irish Trad band, soloists Gavin Coyle, Jared Dixon, Catherine O’Connell, Beverly O’Regan Thiele and many other outstanding musicians.

Tickets for this event go on sale February 1.

Performers

Vocal Soloists
Gavin Coyle
Jared Dixon
Catherine O’Connell
Beverly O’Regan Thiele

Instrumental Soloists
Jimmy Moore guitar and tin whistles
Kathleen Keen fiddle
Sean Ryan uilleann pipes
John Williams accordion and concertina
Jackie Moran bohran

Trinity Irish Dancers

Senator George Mitchell guest speaker

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