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.

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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.

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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

Aug 10

CSO at Ravinia: Brahms Symphony No. 4

Ravinia

8:00 PM Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Program

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2
Brahms Symphony No. 4

Performers

David Zinman conductor
Gil Shaham violin

Aug 12

CSO at Ravinia: Joshua Bell and Chris Botti

Ravinia

8:00 PM Friday, August 12, 2016

Even in the most perfectly parallel careers, you can find points of convergence. Born in 1962, Chris Botti started trumpet at 9; Joshua Bell, born in 1967, began violin the same year, at the age of 4. After hearing Miles Davis, Botti became committed to his instrument at age 12, the same age at which Bell realized his commitment through the influence of his teacher, Josef Gingold. Botti made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1981 as part of the All American High School Jazz Band; Bell debuted there three years later as a soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony. Botti won a Grammy in 2013 for his album Impressions; Bell, recently featured on Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, won his in 2001 for Nicholas Maw’s Violin Concerto. The newest point comes this summer at Ravinia, where they’ll share the stage for an evening of terrific tunes and virtuosic delights.

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Performers

George Hanson conductor
Joshua Bell violin
Chris Botti trumpet

Aug 17

CSO at Ravinia: You're the Top! Cole Porter’s 125th Birthday Celebration

Ravinia

8:00 PM Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Writing his first songs at the age of 10 and composing entire musical comedies during his college years, Cole Porter would later conquer Broadway and Hollywood with a nearly endless string of hit songs that practically define the “Great American Songbook.” The elegance of his melodies and the sophisticated wit of his lyrics so epitomized the character of a bon vivant that he was himself portrayed in two Hollywood film biographies by Cary Grant and Kevin Klein. To celebrate the 125th birthday of this American musical icon, Ravinia has assembled a roster of artists who have made a specialty of finding the full measure of joy, humor, and perceptive insight in his immortal songs.

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Program

Porter Various

Performers

David Alan Miller conductor
Kevin Cole piano
Klea Blackhurst vocalist
Sylvia McNair vocalist
Ryan VenDenBoom vocalist

Aug 20

CSO at Ravinia: Itzhak Perlman

Ravinia

7:30 PM Saturday, August 20, 2016

The most famous violinist of our time, Itzhak Perlman has helped countless millions become music lovers, not only on the concert stage but also through contributions to film soundtracks, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of his first appear­ance both with the CSO and at Ravinia. But his auspicious career dates back even further to an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show—the very same that launched The Beatles and Elvis Presley—as a 13-year-old. It is fitting, then, that he should celebrate the milestone with Beethoven’s lone violin concerto, which was rescued in the mid-19th century from obscurity by a musician just one year older than the precocious Perlman, and has since stood as one of the most beloved works for the instrument.

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Performers

Beethoven Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Program

Bramwell Tovey conductor
Itzhak Perlman violin

Aug 21

CSO at Ravinia: All-Tchaikovsky Program

Ravinia

5:00 PM Sunday, August 21, 2016

Perlman leads 50th Anniversary of Lynn Harrell’s Ravinia and CSO Debuts.

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Program

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky 1812, Overture solonelle

Performers

Itzhak Perlman conductor
Lynn Harrell cello

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

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