Mar 29

Anne-Sophie Mutter

SCP Chamber

8:00 PM Wednesday, March 29, 2017

One of the greatest violin virtuosos of our time, Anne-Sophie Mutter presents a diverse program with longtime collaborator Lambert Orkis. The duo will present an impressive range of works from Sebastian Currier’s intricate Clockwork to Saint-Saëns’ glittering showpiece Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

Please join us for a postconcert CD signing in Grainger Ballroom with Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis.

PROGRAM

Currier Clockwork
Mozart Violin Sonata in A Major, K. 526
Respighi Violin Sonata in B Minor
Saint-Saëns Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

PERFORMERS

Mar 30

Classic Encounter Lecture

Classic Encounter

6:30 PM Thursday, March 30, 2017

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
Sylvia Kilcullen assistant principal second violin

Mar 30

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 30, 2017

Please note: James Conlon replaces guest conductor and former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink, who is suffering from a stomach virus and has had to regretfully withdraw from his performances.

Former Ravinia Music Director James Conlon returns to Chicago to conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and one of Mahler's best loved pieces, his Song of the Earth, a setting of poems that perfectly embodied Mahler's bittersweet view of the brevity of human life, and inspired some of the most beautiful and haunting music he ever wrote.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, March 30. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: Though Mahler called Das Lied von der Erde his most personal work, he did not live long enough to hear it performed. Most of his compositions were rarely performed during his lifetime, and he did not achieve his status as one of the 19th century's greatest composers until after his death.

Program

Schubert Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

Mar 31

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, March 31, 2017

Please note: James Conlon replaces guest conductor and former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink, who is suffering from a stomach virus and has had to regretfully withdraw from his performances.

Former Ravinia Music Director James Conlon returns to Chicago to conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and one of Mahler's best loved pieces, his Song of the Earth, a setting of poems that perfectly embodied Mahler's bittersweet view of the brevity of human life, and inspired some of the most beautiful and haunting music he ever wrote.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, March 30. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: Though Mahler called Das Lied von der Erde his most personal work, he did not live long enough to hear it performed. Most of his compositions were rarely performed during his lifetime, and he did not achieve his status as one of the 19th century's greatest composers until after his death.

Program

Schubert Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

Apr 1

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, April 1, 2017

Please note: James Conlon replaces guest conductor and former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink, who is suffering from a stomach virus and has had to regretfully withdraw from his performances.

Former Ravinia Music Director James Conlon returns to Chicago to conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and one of Mahler's best loved pieces, his Song of the Earth, a setting of poems that perfectly embodied Mahler's bittersweet view of the brevity of human life, and inspired some of the most beautiful and haunting music he ever wrote.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, March 30. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: Though Mahler called Das Lied von der Erde his most personal work, he did not live long enough to hear it performed. Most of his compositions were rarely performed during his lifetime, and he did not achieve his status as one of the 19th century's greatest composers until after his death.

Program

Schubert Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth)

Apr 2

CSO Chamber: All Access — Trio Calico

CSO All-Access Chamber

3:00 PM Sunday, April 2, 2017

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.

FREE and no tickets required.

Program

Greenstein Grosse Tugenden
Bach Goldberg Variations

Performers

Apr 3

MusicNOW: ILLUMINATING BOULEZ

MusicNOW

7:00 PM Monday, April 3, 2017

Last year, the music world lost one of the most prominent and forward-thinking voices, Pierre Boulez. To commemorate his vast musical and intellectual contributions as well as his longstanding relationship with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mead Composers-in-Residence Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek present a wide-ranging program featuring Boulez’s works and two MusicNOW commissions.

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.

Special thanks to Artistry EngravingGraphic Arts Studio and Mohawk Paper for their contributions to the limited-edition MusicNOW posters.

 

Program

Boulez Dérive I
Balter shadows of listening [MusicNOW Commission, World Premiere]
Boulez 12 Notations
Oliveros For Two or Three Instruments [MusicNOW Commission, World Premiere]
Boulez Mémoriale

PERFORMERS

Manhattan Concert Productions presents the Chicago premiere of Dan Forrest’s newest major work, Jubilate Deo, performed by Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs with Rivertree Singers, under the direction of Warren Cook. The concert will also feature Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Moore, and the National Festival Chorus, led by esteemed guest conductor Scott Buchanan. Don't miss this exciting evening of music at legendary Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Program

National Festival Chorus
Dale Grotenhuis Blessed Be the Name of the Lord
J.S. Bach Sicut Locutus Est from Magnificat
David Dickau i carry your heart with me
arr. Susan Brumfield No Time
Daniel Elder Lullaby from Three Nocturnes
Jake Runestad Nyon Nyon

Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra
Bernstein Guitar Concerto

Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs with Rivertree Singers
Dan Forrest Jubilate Deo

Performers

National Festival Chorus
Scott Buchanan conductor

Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra
Michael Moore conductor

Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra, Choirs with Rivertree Singers
Warren Cook conductor

Apr 5

Civic Orchestra: Mozart & Stravinsky

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Erina Yashima leads the Civic Orchestra in a dazzling and intense program of music by Mozart and Stravinsky. Premiered in 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, The Rite of Spring initially shocked the audience, causing widespread uproar. Over one hundred years later, the masterpiece is regarded as one of the most important musical works of the 20th century.

Program

Mozart Symphony No. 34 [with minuet]
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Apr 6

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 & Dvořák Cello Concerto

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, April 6, 2017

Charles Dutoit leads the CSO in the US Premiere of Stravinsky's recently re-discovered Funeral Song as well as Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, which the composer called "a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit, a song of praise of free and happy mankind." Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk, who "enthralls the audience from the first to last note" (The Strad), performs Dvořák's popular Cello Concerto.

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

Note for the Newcomer: Dvořák wrote his Cello Concerto in America while serving as director of the National Conservatory of Music of America.

Program

Stravinsky Funeral Song [United States Premiere]
Dvořák Cello Concerto
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Apr 7

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 & Dvořák Cello Concerto

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, April 7, 2017

Charles Dutoit leads the CSO in the US Premiere of Stravinsky's recently re-discovered Funeral Song as well as Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, which the composer called "a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit, a song of praise of free and happy mankind." Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk, who "enthralls the audience from the first to last note" (The Strad), performs Dvořák's popular Cello Concerto.

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

Note for the Newcomer: Dvořák wrote his Cello Concerto in America while serving as director of the National Conservatory of Music of America.

Program

Stravinsky Funeral Song [United States Premiere]
Dvořák Cello Concerto
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson has influenced the most celebrated jazz artists in the world. In honor of what would have been Oscar’s 90th birthday in 2015, his widow Kelly Peterson created an “extraordinarily beautiful” (The Los Angeles Times) tribute to her late husband by recording some of the world’s greatest jazz pianists performing Oscar’s rarely heard compositions. Now this tribute to a towering icon comes to Symphony Center with a star-studded lineup of astonishing talent.

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.

Performers

Kenny Barron piano
Robi Botos piano
Bill Charlap piano
Benny Green piano
Ramsey Lewis piano
Renee Rosnes piano
Dave Young bass
Céline Peterson narrator

Apr 8

Once Upon a Symphony: The Bremen Town Musicians

Once Upon a Symphony

10:00 AM Saturday, April 8, 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.

The Bremen Town Musicians Parent Guide

Apr 8

Once Upon a Symphony: The Bremen Town Musicians

Once Upon a Symphony

11:45 AM Saturday, April 8, 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.

The Bremen Town Musicians Parent Guide

Apr 8

New World Youth Orchestras

Rental Event

3:00 PM Saturday, April 8, 2017

Join the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra from Indianapolis for a full-length concert featuring Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade. This program will also feature violinist Austin Hartman, Professor of Violin at the University of Indianapolis.

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

Program

Chabrier España
Beethoven Romance in F Major for Violin and Orchestra
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Performers

New World Youth Symphony Orchestra
Adam Bodony conductor
Austin Hartman violin

Apr 8

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 & Dvořák Cello Concerto

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, April 8, 2017

Charles Dutoit leads the CSO in the US Premiere of Stravinsky's recently re-discovered Funeral Song as well as Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, which the composer called "a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit, a song of praise of free and happy mankind." Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk, who "enthralls the audience from the first to last note" (The Strad), performs Dvořák's popular Cello Concerto.

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

Note for the Newcomer: Dvořák wrote his Cello Concerto in America while serving as director of the National Conservatory of Music of America.

Program

Stravinsky Funeral Song [United States Premiere]
Dvořák Cello Concerto
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

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