Dec 4

Lira Ensemble of Chicago

Rental Event

3:00 PM Sunday, December 4, 2016

The singers, dancers and symphony of the Lira Ensemble close their 50th anniversary celebrations with new numbers, old favorites, Polish and American carols, exciting folk songs and dances in colorful costumes – all narrated in English.

Tickets are $30 - $80, watch the Lira website for special offers.

Performers

The Lira Ensemble
Lucyna Migala artistic director
Mina Zikri conductor
Iwona Puc choreographer
Lucyna Migala narrator

Dec 5

Carthage in Chicago Holiday Concert at Orchestra Hall

Rental Event

7:30 PM Monday, December 5, 2016

Carthage College Holiday Concert in Chicago Orchestra Hall featuring Carthage Choir and Carthage Women´s Ensemble. Guest Ensembles include: Prairie Ridge High School A Cappella Choir, Crystal Lake Central High School A Cappella Singers, Glenbrook South High School Master Singers

For additional information and advance ticket purchases, please contact Heidi Baehr at 262-551-5859 or hbaehr@carthage.edu.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the Symphony Center Box Office on the day of the performance.

Program

Choral Music by Paul Melor, Eriks Ešenvalds, Mateo Flecha el Viejo, Józef Swider, Trond Kverno, Morgan Ames, William Mathias, Vince Guaraldi, Renée Clausen, György Orbán, Allan Koepke, Ivo Antognini, Paul Johnson, Matthew Culloton, Budi Susanto Yohanes.

Performers

Carthage Women’s Ensemble
Peter Dennee conductor

Prairie Ridge High School A Cappella Choir
David Jensen conductor

Crystal Lake Central High School A Cappella Singers
Kimberly Scherrer conductor

Glenbrook South High School Master Singers
Dan Ermel and Andrew Toniolo conductor

Carthage Choir
Eduardo García-Novelli conductor

Dec 6

A Chanticleer Christmas

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Spark your holiday spirit with the glorious sounds of the “world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker). This intimate a cappella performance will encompass Christmas music from around the world and across the centuries, framed by the striking Gothic Revival architecture of Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church.

PERFORMERS

Dec 7

CSO Chamber: All Access — music803

CSO All-Access Chamber

6:30 PM Wednesday, December 7, 2016

In the 2016/17 All-Access season, experience unparalleled artistry and exceptional, personally curated chamber music performed by members of the CSO in four relaxed settings. This season, the CSO All-Access Chamber Music series travels to three beautiful locations on Chicago’s South Shore in addition to performing three concerts at Symphony Center’s Buntrock Hall.

Tickets are FREE but required. To reserve tickets, call Patron Services, visit the Box Office or visit the concert event detail page.

Program

Lester Three Old English Carols
Hummel Quintet for Piano and Strings in E-flat Minor, Op. 87
Haydn String Quartet in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3 (Emperor)

Performers

Dec 7

A Chanticleer Christmas

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Spark your holiday spirit with the glorious sounds of the “world’s reigning male chorus” (The New Yorker). This intimate a cappella performance will encompass Christmas music from around the world and across the centuries, framed by the striking Gothic Revival architecture of Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church.

PERFORMERS

Dec 8

Classic Encounter Lecture

Classic Encounter

6:30 PM Thursday, December 8, 2016

Classic Encounter isn’t your typical preconcert experience! Enjoy:

— A hearty buffet dinner and drinks provided by tesori restaurant
— An entertaining and insightful multimedia presentation led by WXRT Radio DJ Terri Hemmert and CSO musicians
— A fun, casual introduction to the evening’s concert repertoire with ties to popular music.

A perfect date night, outing with friends or transition into the weekend, Classic Encounter is where classical music comes to party! Where else can you have dinner with Bach, the Beatles and musicians from the CSO?

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

To order lecture tickets, click on “BUY TICKETS” or call Patron Services at 312-294-3000.

PERFORMERS

Terri Hemmert guest speaker
Cynthia Yeh principal percussion

Dec 8

Neeme Järvi Returns with Sibelius & Prokofiev

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, December 8, 2016

Neeme Järvi, known for his interpretations of Sibelius, leads the CSO in the composer’s Suite from Karelia and the majestic Fifth Symphony. Vadim Gluzman, praised for his “tremendous intensity and great expressive range” (Seattle Times) is the soloist for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, December 8. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: While still a student at St. Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev composed his first two piano concertos. He wrote and played the world premiere of the Second Piano Concerto at the age of 22.

Vadim Gluzman will sign CDs in Grainger Ballroom following the performance on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Program

Glazunov Concert Waltz No. 1
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
Sibelius Suite from Karelia
Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Dec 9

Neeme Järvi Returns with Sibelius & Prokofiev

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, December 9, 2016

Neeme Järvi, known for his interpretations of Sibelius, leads the CSO in the composer’s Suite from Karelia and the majestic Fifth Symphony. Vadim Gluzman, praised for his “tremendous intensity and great expressive range” (Seattle Times) is the soloist for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, December 8. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: While still a student at St. Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev composed his first two piano concertos. He wrote and played the world premiere of the Second Piano Concerto at the age of 22.

Vadim Gluzman will sign CDs in Grainger Ballroom following the performance on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Program

Glazunov Concert Waltz No. 1
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
Sibelius Suite from Karelia
Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Dec 9

It's a Wonderful Life In Concert

CSO Specials

7:00 PM Friday, December 9, 2016

See Frank Capra’s great American holiday classic as you’ve never seen it before. Members of the CSO will accompany the extraordinary journey of George Bailey (James Stewart) and his guardian angel with a live performance of the newly restored, complete version of Dimitri Tiomkin’s heartwarming score.

PROGRAM

Tiomkin It's a Wonderful Life

Dec 10

It's a Wonderful Life In Concert

CSO Specials

3:00 PM Saturday, December 10, 2016

See Frank Capra’s great American holiday classic as you’ve never seen it before. Members of the CSO will accompany the extraordinary journey of George Bailey (James Stewart) and his guardian angel with a live performance of the newly restored, complete version of Dimitri Tiomkin’s heartwarming score.

PROGRAM

Tiomkin It's a Wonderful Life

Dec 10

Neeme Järvi Returns with Sibelius & Prokofiev

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, December 10, 2016

Neeme Järvi, known for his interpretations of Sibelius, leads the CSO in the composer’s Suite from Karelia and the majestic Fifth Symphony. Vadim Gluzman, praised for his “tremendous intensity and great expressive range” (Seattle Times) is the soloist for Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, December 8. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: While still a student at St. Petersburg Conservatory, Prokofiev composed his first two piano concertos. He wrote and played the world premiere of the Second Piano Concerto at the age of 22.

Vadim Gluzman will sign CDs in Grainger Ballroom following the performance on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Program

Glazunov Concert Waltz No. 1
Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1
Sibelius Suite from Karelia
Sibelius Symphony No. 5

Dec 11

It's a Wonderful Life In Concert

CSO Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, December 11, 2016

See Frank Capra’s great American holiday classic as you’ve never seen it before. Members of the CSO will accompany the extraordinary journey of George Bailey (James Stewart) and his guardian angel with a live performance of the newly restored, complete version of Dimitri Tiomkin’s heartwarming score.

PROGRAM

Tiomkin It's a Wonderful Life

Dec 13

Civic Orchestra: Copland Symphony No. 3

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Civic welcomes American conductor Teddy Abrams, who currently serves as music director of the Louisville Orchestra and the Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon, for his Symphony Center podium debut in a program that includes Aaron Copland’s iconic Symphony No. 3. The third and final symphony that Copland composed was hailed “the greatest American symphony ever written” by Serge Koussevitsky, who conducted its premiere with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1946.

Program

Samuel Adams Drift and Providence
Copland Symphony No. 3

Dec 14

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The legendary brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has long been revered for its matchless brilliance and spectacular power. Join these acclaimed musicians for a virtuosic showcase of traditional favorites and symphonic masterworks arranged for brass ensemble, featuring works by Schumann, Bernstein, Tomasi, Fauré and more.

Program

Schuller Symphony for Brass and Percussion
Schuman, arr. Schutza When Jesus Wept from New England Triptich
Bernstein, arr. Erikson Presto Barbaro from On the Waterfront
Debussy Fanfare from The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian
Tomasi To Be or Not To Be
Fauré, arr. Pollard Pavane
Poulenc, arr. Higgins Four Small Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi
Tomasi Liturgical Fanfares

Dec 15

Tilson Thomas Conducts Romeo & Juliet

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, December 15, 2016

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts his own arrangement from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Complementing this are Stravinsky's diverting Scènes de ballet and Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1, performed by acclaimed French cellist Gautier Capuçon.

Note for the Newcomer: Chicago was the first American city to hear Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

Program

Stravinsky Scènes de ballet
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Dec 16

Tilson Thomas Conducts Romeo & Juliet

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, December 16, 2016

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts his own arrangement from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. Complementing this are Stravinsky's diverting Scènes de ballet and Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1, performed by acclaimed French cellist Gautier Capuçon.

Note for the Newcomer: Chicago was the first American city to hear Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

Program

Stravinsky Scènes de ballet
Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1
Prokofiev Suite from Romeo and Juliet

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