Sep 22

Muti Conducts Strauss & Bruckner

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, September 22, 2016

Riccardo Muti opens the concert with Mussorgsky’s tone poem A Night on Bald Mountain, followed by Strauss’ orchestral showpiece Don Juan. Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, one of his most popular, completes the concert.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, September 22.

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

Program

Mussorgsky A Night on Bald Mountain
R. Strauss Don Juan
Bruckner Symphony No. 7

Sep 23

Muti Conducts Strauss & Bruckner

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, September 23, 2016

Riccardo Muti opens the concert with Mussorgsky’s tone poem A Night on Bald Mountain, followed by Strauss’ orchestral showpiece Don Juan. Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, one of his most popular, completes the concert.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, September 22.

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

Program

Mussorgsky A Night on Bald Mountain
R. Strauss Don Juan
Bruckner Symphony No. 7

Sep 24

CSO at Champaign-Urbana

Tour Events

7:30 PM Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns to Krannert Center for its 34th magnificent performance in the fitting splendor of the Foellinger Great Hall. A cultural pride and joy of not only our state but also our nation, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Riccardo Muti, the 10th music director of the CSO and one of today’s most celebrated maestros, leads the orchestra in Mussorgsky’s wildly atmospheric A Night on Bald Mountain, followed by Strauss’ orchestral showpiece Don Juan. Bruckner’s colossal Symphony No. 7 completes the program.

Program

Mussorgsky A Night on Bald Mountain
R. Strauss Don Juan
Bruckner Symphony No. 7

Sep 27

Muti Conducts Strauss & Bruckner

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Riccardo Muti opens the concert with Mussorgsky’s tone poem A Night on Bald Mountain, followed by Strauss’ orchestral showpiece Don Juan. Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, one of his most popular, completes the concert.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, September 22.

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

Program

Mussorgsky A Night on Bald Mountain
R. Strauss Don Juan
Bruckner Symphony No. 7

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.”

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 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.

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

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.

Tickets for this event go on sale on Wednesday, August 17.

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

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