8:00 PM Thursday, September 17, 2015
The distinctive opening of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony is one of the most instantly recognizable motifs in all Western music. Riccardo Muti conducts the landmark work that inspired generations of composers in a program including Mozart's expressive Symphony No. 40 and Liszt's last symphonic poem, From the Cradle to the Grave.
Liszt From the Cradle to the Grave Mozart Symphony No. 40 Beethoven Symphony No. 5
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor
6:30 PM Friday, September 18, 2015
In celebration of the CSO's 125th season, Riccardo Muti and the CSO offer a free concert. This performance is part of the 125 community concerts the CSO will present during its 125th season.
Seating is general admission and tickets are not required.
Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3Mahler Symphony No. 1
7:00 PM Saturday, September 19, 2015
Co-Chairs Shelley Ochab and Raj Fernando, together with the Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, cordially invite you to Symphony Ball, a prestigious gala evening of extraordinary music and anniversary festivities that launches our 125th season. Enjoy a festive preconcert reception at Symphony Center, followed by Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Mussorgsky’s popular Pictures from an Exhibition. Gala patrons will continue their evening with postconcert dinner at the Palmer House and dancing to Maggie Speaks.
The CSO’s 125th Anniversary Celebration Weekend is one of Chicago’s not-to-be missed events! All ticketholders are invited to a preconcert champagne toast throughout Symphony Center to celebrate the start the 125th anniversary season.
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Corigliano Campane di RavelloElgar In the SouthMussorgsky, orch. Ravel Pictures from an Exhibition
3:00 PM Sunday, September 20, 2015
The finest brass players in the world gather at Symphony Center for a historic performance of the National Brass Ensemble. Hailing from the nation's most prestigious orchestras from Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston and San Francisco, this concert will feature a guest appearance by Riccardo Muti conducting Verdi overtures arranged for the ensemble. Don't miss "a once-in-a-lifetime concert" that will make the house tremble (Classical Sonoma).
Verdi, arr. Higgins Overture to La forza del destinoGabrieli, arr. Higgins Selections from Sacrae SymphoniaeVerdi, arr. Higgins Overture to NabuccoWilliams Music for Brass
National Brass Ensemble
Special Guest: Riccardo Muti conductor
6:00 PM Monday, September 21, 2015
Maestro Riccardo Muti and Phillip Huscher, the CSO’s program annotator, will be in conversation at the Logan Center in celebration of the University’s 125th anniversary and the CSO’s own 125th season in 2015–16. President Robert J. Zimmer will deliver opening remarks.
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8:00 PM Thursday, September 24, 2015
This colorful program mixes Mediterranean inspiration with electrifying music from Latin America. Ginastera's fiery Harp Concerto is performed by celebrated French harpist Xavier de Maistre, "a virtuoso of the highest order" (Gramophone). Riccardo Muti's last performances of Boléro with the Orchestra in 2007 were hailed as "fresh, subtle...and genuinely exciting" (Chicago Tribune). This show-stopper will be an enthralling finish to a delightful program.
There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, September 24, 2015. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Chabrier España Ginastera Harp Concerto Charpentier Impressions of Italy Ravel Boléro
Riccardo Muti conductor Xavier de Maistre harp
8:00 PM Friday, September 25, 2015
8:00 PM Saturday, September 26, 2015
7:00 PM Monday, September 28, 2015
Complete event information will be available soon.
Charpentier Impressions d'Italie (Impressions of Italy)
Civic Orchestra of Chicago
7:30 PM Tuesday, September 29, 2015
8:00 PM Thursday, October 1, 2015
From the sweet melancholy of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, played by Chicago favorite Leif Ove Andsnes, to the unbridled ferocity of Prokofiev's Scythian Suite, this program embraces a wide gamut of emotions. Riccardo Muti also leads Beethoven's hymn to fraternity and liberation, the Leonore Overture No. 3, and Hindemith's intriguing blend of neoclassicism and modernism, strikingly scored for only strings and brass.
Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20Hindemith Concert Music for Brass and String OrchestraProkofiev Scythian Suite
Riccardo Muti conductor Leif Ove Andsnes piano
11:30 AM Friday, October 2, 2015
On Friday, October 2 the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association presents the 6th annual Fall in Love with Music Luncheon at the prestigious Standard Club in Chicago. In honor of the 125th year of the CSO, enjoy a private performance by Symphony Center favorite and world-renown Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. The Wall Street Journal calls Mr. Andsnes “one of the most gifted musicians of his generation”. After the performance, Gerard McBurney, the brilliant creative director of Beyond the Score will moderate a Q&A. This amazing opportunity to be up close and personal with these remarkable artists is something attendees will long remember.
Fall in Love with Music Luncheon The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct. 11:30 AM Reception 12:00 PM Program 1:00 PM Lunch
Fall in Love with Music is a fundraiser presented by the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. Please contact Jessica Erickson with questions.
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Leif Ove Andsnes piano
8:00 PM Friday, October 2, 2015
8:00 PM Saturday, October 3, 2015
3:00 PM Sunday, October 4, 2015
Maurizio Pollini, one of the world's most celebrated pianists, returns to open the 2015/16 Symphony Center Presents Piano series with a program devoted to two composers who have been central to his illustrious career. "Everything Pollini does [has] an air of authority few performers living today can match. The energy, the searching intellect, the sonorous piano tone, and the utter confidence that have gripped audiences over the decades were fully on view" (The Classical Review).
Schumann Allegro in B Minor, Op. 8Schumann Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60Chopin Two Nocturnes, Op. 55Chopin Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat Major, Op. 61Chopin Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39
Maurizio Pollini piano
8:00 PM Thursday, October 8, 2015
Conductor Semyon Bychkov brings an imaginative program inspired by Johannes Brahms. His triumphant First Symphony is coupled with a modern-day reflection of Brahms' work by one of Germany's leading composers, Detlev Glanert. French violinist Renaud Capuçon, praised for his "intensely lyrical" tone and "gloriously rich sound" (BBC Music Magazine), is the soloist in Brahms' invigorating and heavenly Violin Concerto.
Glanert Brahms-Fantasie [United States Premiere] Brahms Violin Concerto Brahms Symphony No. 1
Semyon Bychkov conductor Renaud Capuçon violin
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