May 26

Holst’s The Planets

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, May 26, 2016

Cristian Măcelaru is joined by internationally acclaimed American cellist Alisa Weilerstein for a specially commissioned concerto by Pascal Dusapin. Ibert's scintillating Bacchanale and Gustav Holst's stunning and spectacular The Planets complete what will be an exhilarating concert.

Program

Ibert Bacchanale
Dusapin Outscape [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Dusapin Cello Concerto Commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by the Mrs. Harold C. Smith Fund for New Music.
Holst The Planets

May 27

Holst’s The Planets

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, May 27, 2016

Cristian Măcelaru is joined by internationally acclaimed American cellist Alisa Weilerstein for a specially commissioned concerto by Pascal Dusapin. Ibert's scintillating Bacchanale and Gustav Holst's stunning and spectacular The Planets complete what will be an exhilarating concert.

Program

Ibert Bacchanale
Dusapin Outscape [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Dusapin Cello Concerto Commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by the Mrs. Harold C. Smith Fund for New Music.
Holst The Planets

Revered jazz saxophonist and one of the genre’s most influential composers, Wayne Shorter can stop time with his improvisational genius and the sheer sound of his playing. The Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award winner brings his acclaimed quartet of all-stars to Symphony Center for what is sure to be "a magnificent and volatile performance that prizes the give and take of collective improvisation" (The New York Times).

PERFORMERS

May 28

Holst’s The Planets

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cristian Măcelaru is joined by internationally acclaimed American cellist Alisa Weilerstein for a specially commissioned concerto by Pascal Dusapin. Ibert's scintillating Bacchanale and Gustav Holst's stunning and spectacular The Planets complete what will be an exhilarating concert.

Program

Ibert Bacchanale
Dusapin Outscape [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Dusapin Cello Concerto Commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by the Mrs. Harold C. Smith Fund for New Music.
Holst The Planets

May 29

Holst’s The Planets

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, May 29, 2016

Cristian Măcelaru is joined by internationally acclaimed American cellist Alisa Weilerstein for a specially commissioned concerto by Pascal Dusapin. Ibert's scintillating Bacchanale and Gustav Holst's stunning and spectacular The Planets complete what will be an exhilarating concert.

Program

Ibert Bacchanale
Dusapin Outscape [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Dusapin Cello Concerto Commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by the Mrs. Harold C. Smith Fund for New Music.
Holst The Planets

May 31

Holst’s The Planets

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Cristian Măcelaru is joined by internationally acclaimed American cellist Alisa Weilerstein for a specially commissioned concerto by Pascal Dusapin. Ibert's scintillating Bacchanale and Gustav Holst's stunning and spectacular The Planets complete what will be an exhilarating concert.

Program

Ibert Bacchanale
Dusapin Outscape [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Dusapin Cello Concerto Commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by the Mrs. Harold C. Smith Fund for New Music.
Holst The Planets

Jun 1

Baroque Band: L’Arte del Violino!

Rental Event

7:30 PM Wednesday, June 1, 2016

One of the first “rock star” virtuoso violinists, Pietro Locatelli was known for his flamboyance both musically and personally. Said to play like the devil, he could often be seen in the courts of Europe dressed in his diamond-studded clothes. Meanwhile, French violinist Jean-Marie Leclair, who “played like an angel,” was murdered in Paris in 1764, a mysterious death which remains unsolved to this day although suspicion falls firmly on his wife!

PROGRAM

Locatelli Concerto Grosso Op. 4, No. 6
Locatelli L’Arte del violino, Concerto No. 12
Leclair Violin Concerto Op. 7, No. 2 in D Major
Locatelli L’Arte del violin, Concerto No. 7 in B-flat Major
Leclair Violin Concerto Op. 10, No. 5 in E minor

PERFORMERS

Baroque Band
Garry Clarke conductor
Rachel Barton Pine violin soloist

Jun 2

Classic Encounter Lecture

6:30 PM Thursday, June 2, 2016

NEW FEATURE this season: Join WXRT and Radio Hall of Fame DJ Terri Hemmert and CSO musicians for an uproarious preconcert conversation! For just $15, enjoy dinner, unlimited drinks and a specially curated multimedia presentation on the evening’s concert!

Where the most popular music of the past mingles with the most popular music of our time

A perfect date night, outing with friends, or transition into the weekend, Classic Encounter is where classical music comes to party! Raise your glass and join us for a preconcert experience packed with libations, laughter and legendary music. With over 30 years’ experience in the music industry and specially curated YouTube video playlists for every program, WXRT DJ Hemmert will take you on a journey from Beethoven and Brahms to The Beatles and Beyoncé. Enjoy delicious food, drink and get a behind the scenes look into what it’s like to play for the CSO.

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

To order tickets, simply click on the event detail page below or call Patron Services at 312-294-3000.

PERFORMERS

Terri Hemmert guest speaker
Max Raimi viola

Jun 2

Edo de Waart conducts Mozart & Beethoven

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, June 2, 2016

Edo de Waart pairs Beethoven's Second Symphony with two of Mozart's most charming and inventive scores—the Horn Concerto No. 3, performed by CSO horn player Daniel Gingrich, and Prague Symphony. One of Beethoven's most uplifting and beautiful works, the Second Symphony eloquently demonstrates the composer's strength amid increasing deafness.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

There is an Overture Council Soundpost event after the June 3rd concert. Learn more about how you can meet CSO Musicians and network with Chicago’s young professionals who love music

Program

Mozart Symphony No. 38 (Prague)
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Jun 3

Edo de Waart conducts Mozart & Beethoven

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, June 3, 2016

Edo de Waart pairs Beethoven's Second Symphony with two of Mozart's most charming and inventive scores—the Horn Concerto No. 3, performed by CSO horn player Daniel Gingrich, and Prague Symphony. One of Beethoven's most uplifting and beautiful works, the Second Symphony eloquently demonstrates the composer's strength amid increasing deafness.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

There is an Overture Council Soundpost event after the June 3rd concert. Learn more about how you can meet CSO Musicians and network with Chicago’s young professionals who love music

Program

Mozart Symphony No. 38 (Prague)
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Jun 4

Edo de Waart conducts Mozart & Beethoven

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, June 4, 2016

Edo de Waart pairs Beethoven's Second Symphony with two of Mozart's most charming and inventive scores—the Horn Concerto No. 3, performed by CSO horn player Daniel Gingrich, and Prague Symphony. One of Beethoven's most uplifting and beautiful works, the Second Symphony eloquently demonstrates the composer's strength amid increasing deafness.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

There is an Overture Council Soundpost event after the June 3rd concert. Learn more about how you can meet CSO Musicians and network with Chicago’s young professionals who love music

Program

Mozart Symphony No. 38 (Prague)
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Jun 5

CSO Chamber at the AIC: American Scene

AIC CSO Chamber

2:00 PM Sunday, June 5, 2016

The CSO at the AIC closes its season with a program honoring American art and music, concluding with Brahms’ only chamber piece for string quartet and piano. Ives’ nostalgic Largo begins the program, followed by American composer Quincy Porter’s Clarinet Quintet, written just 65 years after Brahms’ Piano Quintet. Copland’s rhythmically charged Sextet draws on some of his favorite American musical influences, including Shaker hymns, square dance music and jazz. Brahms’ Piano Quintet possesses a sprawling, symphonic nature while utilizing the intimacy of a small ensemble to showcase the composer’s unmatched gift for melodic writing. Postconcert, enjoy a guided tour featuring American masterworks.

Please note: this event takes place in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tickets do not include preconcert admission to the Art Institute.

Image: Grant Wood. American Gothic, 1930. Friends of American Art Collection.

Program

Ives Largo for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
Porter Clarinet Quintet
Copland Sextet
Brahms Piano Quintet

PERFORMERS

Civitas Ensemble
J. Lawrie Bloom clarinet
Kozue Funakoshi violin
Yuan-Qing Yu violin
Wei-Ting Kuo viola
Kenneth Olsen cello
Adam Neiman piano

Jun 5

David Fray

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, June 5, 2016

An artist who "walks the fine line between expression and intellect, emotion and technique perfectly" (Gesellschaft Freunde der Künste), David Fray closes the 2015/16 SCP Piano series. The award-winning French pianist has garnered worldwide attention for his fascinating performance style and unique interpretations. After his Chicago debut at Symphony Center in 2011, Fray was praised for being a "true individual" with "remarkable technique" (Chicago Sun-Times).

Program

Bach Preludes and Fugues Nos. 1-8 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Boulez Notations
Schoenberg Three Pieces
Brahms Seven Fantasies

PERFORMERS

David Fray piano

Jun 6

MusicNOW: light readings

MusicNOW

7:00 PM Monday, June 6, 2016

light readings completes the 2015/16 MusicNOW series with excerpts from Qasim Ali Naqvi's transcendent choral work Fjoloy and the world premiere of a MusicNOW commission by Composer-in-Residence Samuel Adams. After a preview of highlights from the 2016/17 season by curators Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek, the evening comes to a close with pianist Vicky Chow performing Tristan Perich's Surface Image, a sprawling work of profound emotional depth that Rolling Stone calls a "dizzying, disorienting 63-minute symphony for piano and 1-bit pixels." #CSOMusicNOW

After the concert, enjoy complimentary pizza and beer from Lou Malnati’s and Revolution Brewing in the lobby.

Program

Naqvi Fjoloy
Adams Light Readings [MusicNOW Commission]
Perich Surface Image

PERFORMERS

Jun 6

Civic and Ryan Opera Center

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Monday, June 6, 2016

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago’s 2015/16 season concludes with a dynamic collaboration featuring Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. This Shakespeare-themed program features the nation’s most talented young opera singers performing operatic jewels from Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet and lesser-known Béatrice et Bénédict, composer Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet and Raymond, ou Le Secret de la reine and William Walton’s Troilus and Cressida. The program concludes with scenes from two different musical adaptations of Shakespeare’s Falstaff: Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love and Verdi's Falstaff. Don’t miss this Shakespeare celebration and evening of musical storytelling as the Civic Orchestra season comes to a sensational close!

Program

Berlioz Overture to Béatrice et Bénédict
Berlioz Vous soupirez madame...Nuit Plaisble et Sereine from Béatrice et Bénédict
Berlioz Comment le dédain pourrait-il mourir? from Béatrice et Bénédict
Thomas Overture to Raymond, ou Le Secret de la reine
Thomas Monseigneur...Doute de la lumière from Hamlet
Thomas A vos jeux, mes amis from Hamlet
Berlioz Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 17
Walton New life, New love!...Now hold me close from Troilus and Cressida
Vaughan Williams This is my father's choice from Sir John in Love
Verdi Act 1, scene ii, from Falstaff

PERFORMERS

Sir Andrew Davis conductor
Members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago

Jun 7

Edo de Waart conducts Mozart & Beethoven

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Edo de Waart pairs Beethoven's Second Symphony with two of Mozart's most charming and inventive scores—the Horn Concerto No. 3, performed by CSO horn player Daniel Gingrich, and Prague Symphony. One of Beethoven's most uplifting and beautiful works, the Second Symphony eloquently demonstrates the composer's strength amid increasing deafness.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

There is an Overture Council Soundpost event after the June 3rd concert. Learn more about how you can meet CSO Musicians and network with Chicago’s young professionals who love music

Program

Mozart Symphony No. 38 (Prague)
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

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