Feb 14

Sir András Schiff: Last Sonatas Part 3

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sir András Schiff's Chicago installment of The Last Sonatas comes to a close with a performance of the final piano sonatas of Haydn, Beethoven, Mozart and Schubert. The program includes Haydn's Sonata in E-flat Major, widely considered to be his greatest, and Schubert's nostalgic Sonata in B-flat Major, written during the last months of the composer's life.

$50 stage seats just added!  Please call patron services at 312-294-3000 for availability and to purchase tickets.


Haydn Sonata in E-flat Major
Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
Mozart Sonata in D Major, K. 576
Schubert Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960


Feb 15

2016 Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra - Open Rehearsal


7:30 PM Monday, February 15, 2016

Due to hip surgery following a minor accident, Riccardo Muti has been forced to withdraw from his February residency in Chicago and will not lead the CYMF Orchestra open rehearsal. CSO guest conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky has kindly agreed to lead the rehearsal in Maestro Muti's stead.

The Chicago Youth in Music Festival is presented by the Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO in partnership with Greater Chicago’s leading community music schools and youth orchestra programs. Learn more >

This event is free, but tickets are required.


Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture


2016 Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra
Gennady Rozhdestvensky conductor

Feb 18

Classic Encounter Lecture

6:30 PM Thursday, February 18, 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.


Terri Hemmert guest speaker
Katinka Kleijn cello

Feb 18

Respighi & Tchaikovsky 6

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, February 18, 2016

This program features Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 and two enchanting Respighi scores: Fountains of Rome, the vivid tone poem that established the Italian composer's reputation and his soaring Concerto Gregoriano, spotlighting CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen.

There is a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Learn more and purchase tickets here.


Respighi Fountains of Rome
Respighi Concerto Gregoriano
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)

Feb 19

Muti Conducts at Holy Name Cathedral

Tour Events

7:30 PM Friday, February 19, 2016

This event is postponed. A new date will be announced in the near future.

Join conductor Riccardo Muti and Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an unforgettable performance of Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ. More popular than his The Creation and The Seasons during his lifetime and Haydn's personal favorite of his sacred works, The Seven Last Words of Christ tells the story of Jesus' final utterances before his death. Experience Haydn's thrilling work brimming with emotional highs and lows, heartache and triumph in Chicago's glorious Holy Name Cathedral. 

The CSO will donate a portion of this concert’s ticket revenue to Holy Name Cathedral to support its faith formation, ministry of care and outreach programs.


Haydn The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross


Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor
With the participation of Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago

Detroit jazz label Mack Avenue Records boasts a luminary roster of all-star talent. Brought together for an unforgettable evening are all-time greats the Christian McBride Trio, along with jazz legend Gary Burton, the show-stopping Tia Fuller and trumpet virtuoso Sean Jones. Local piano legend Willie Pickens opens the evening. "Those lucky enough to get in heard a jazz pianist at the pinnacle of his abilities, Pickens summoning power without bombast and sophistication without pretension—and all of it dispatched with a robust sense of swing" (Chicago Tribune).


Christian McBride Trio
Christian McBride bass
Christian Sands piano
Carl Allen drums
Gary Burton vibraphone
Tia Fuller saxophone
Sean Jones trumpet
A Mack Avenue Super Band

Willie Pickens Trio
Willie Pickens piano
Larry Gray bass
Greg Artry drums

Feb 21

Chinese New Year with The China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, February 21, 2016

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an exhilarating concert showcasing the rich history of Chinese music. The internationally acclaimed China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, conducted by Pang Kapang, make their Chicago debut with a program of popular and traditional Chinese works, including the joyous “Spring Festival Prelude” and the cheerful “Hauer Caprice” with CSO cellist Katinka Kleijn as soloist. This special performance is part of Chicago’s annual citywide Chinese New Year celebration.

Ticketholders are invited to come early for a special performance featuring the Chinese Fine Arts Society Confucius Competition winners. Free to all ticketholders. This preconcert event will take place from 2-2:30 p.m. in Grainger Ballroom at Symphony Center.

Group pricing available for groups of 10 or more! Call 312-294-3040 for details.
SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase a minimum of four tickets at enter promo code FAMILY4 at check-out and receive 20% off. Offer cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets. Offer based on availability.
STUDENT TICKETS available with valid college ID. Visit cso.org/student for more details.


Program to include:
Spring Festival Prelude
Moonlit River in Spring
Birds Adoring the Phoenix
Flowing Stream
Dance of the Yao People
Jasmine Flower
Huaer Caprice
Night Thoughts

Feb 24

Afterwork Masterworks: Salonen Conducts Lutosławski

Afterwork Masterworks

6:30 PM Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Polish composer Witold Lutosławski wrote his Third Symphony for Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which gave its world premiere in September 1983. Esa-Pekka Salonen, who has a particular affinity for the composer, leads the CSO in this compelling and powerful piece.

Each Afterwork Masterworks concert begins at 6:30 and has no intermission. All ticketholders enjoy complimentary wine and an engaging Q&A session with Esa-Pekka Salonen in Grainger Ballroom after the concert


Beethoven Overture to King Stephen
Lutosławski Symphony No. 3
Salonen Foreign Bodies

Feb 25

Salonen & Yo-Yo Ma Perform Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, February 25, 2016

Polish composer Witold Lutosławski wrote his Third Symphony for Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which gave its world premiere in September 1983. Esa-Pekka Salonen, who has a particular affinity for the composer, leads the CSO in this compelling and powerful piece. Yo-Yo Ma lends his stellar talent and showmanship to Shostakovich's wryly playful Cello Concerto No. 1.


Beethoven Overture to King Stephen
Lutosławski Symphony No. 3
Salonen Foreign Bodies
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1

Feb 26

Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed / Rudresh Mahanthappa Bird Calls

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, February 26, 2016

Grammy®-nominated vibraphonist and composer Stefon Harris dazzles audiences and critics alike with his passionate artistry and energetic stage presence. He brings his new band Sonic Creed and their "high-gloss, dizzyingly virtuosic blend of postbop, funk and R&B-informed groove" (Time Out New York). Also featured on this remarkable program, world-class saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa pays homage to Charlie Parker with a set of bluesy, soaring works influenced by jazz music's renowned titan of improvisation.


Stefon Harris vibes and marimba
Elena Pinderhughes flute
Mike Moreno guitar
James Francies piano
Joshua Crumbly bass
Jonathan Pinson drums
Rudresh Mahanthappa alto saxophone
Adam O'Farrill trumpet
Joshua White piano
François Moutin bass
Rudy Royston drums

Feb 28

Mitsuko Uchida with Musicians from the CSO

SCP Chamber

3:00 PM Sunday, February 28, 2016

Don't miss Mitsuko Uchida in her only 2015/16 appearance at Symphony Center. The sublime pianist collaborates with musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in delightful chamber music by Mozart and Schumann. "With Mitsuko Uchida, even matters of sheer technique emerge as poetry" (The New York Times).


Schumann Adagio and Allegro for Horn and Piano, Op. 70
Schumann Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94
Schumann Three Fantasy Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73
Mozart Sonata for Bassoon and Cello in B-flat Major, K. 292
Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds in E-flat Major, K. 452


Feb 29

Civic Orchestra: Shostakovich 9

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Monday, February 29, 2016

Ignoring the public's expectations of a triumphant ode to Soviet victory, Shostakovich instead composed a surprisingly playful and witty piece that made no political statement at all. Experience Shostakovich's jaunty Ninth Symphony under the baton of Cliff Colnot in his final concert on the podium as Principal Conductor of the Civic Orchestra. Also on the program is EOS (Goddess of Dawn), written by former CSO Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read-Thomas in honor of Pierre Boulez.


Thomas EOS (Goddess of Dawn) a Ballet for Orchestra
Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

Mar 3

Vaughan Williams & Elgar

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 3, 2016

The fiery buzz of The Wasps makes a lively start to a concert devoted to two of England's most beloved composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar. Sir Mark Elder conducts three of their characteristic masterpieces, crowned by Elgar's First Symphony, recognized as one of the greatest symphonies of the 20th century.


Vaughan Williams Overture to The Wasps
Vaughan Williams Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus"
Elgar Symphony No. 1

Mar 4

Back To The Future

CSO Movies

8:00 PM Friday, March 4, 2016

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an unforgettable movie classic as you've never seen and heard it before! Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover, is the time-traveling coming-of-age story that stamped an enduring imprint on pop culture. Fans old and new will experience the thrill of this 1.21-gigawatt blockbuster as Alan Silvestri's dazzling musical score is performed live by the CSO. This memorable evening will feature 15 minutes of new music by award-winning composer Silvestri added exclusively for this unique presentation.

You’re invited to the special postconcert Back to the Future party in the Symphony Center Rotunda hosted by the Overture Council of the CSO. Guests will be treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, an open bar with Back to the Future inspired drinks, live music and a raffle. We even have a DeLorean! Learn more and purchase tickets here.

TM & © Universal Studios and U-Drive Joint Venture.


Silvestri Back to the Future

Mar 4

Overture Council Night at the Movies

Volunteer Events

10:00 PM Friday, March 4, 2016

The Overture Council of the CSO is excited to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. Following the evening’s concert of Alan Silvestri’s dazzling musical score performed live by the CSO, the Overture Council will host an action-packed party in Symphony Center. Guests will be treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, an open bar with Back to the Future inspired cocktails curated by The Dogma Group, live music, and a raffle. We even have a DeLorean! All guests are encouraged to dress in Back to the Future inspired clothes!

Proceeds from the Overture Council Night at the Movies will benefit the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, one of the nation’s premier training programs for emerging professional musicians.

Learn more about the Civic Orchestra here >

Learn more about the Overture Council here >

Party tickets are $85 per person. Concert tickets are sold separately.

Mar 6

CSO Chamber at the AIC: Embracing the Unexpected

AIC CSO Chamber

2:00 PM Sunday, March 6, 2016

The title of Martin Puryear’s exhibition, “Multiple Dimensions,” could easily describe each chamber work on this program. Like Puryear’s multi-medium approach to art, each piece illustrates the composers’ abilities to reimagine musical sketches and forms. Glass’ Mishima String Quartet uses movements to depict a Japanese novelist’s life chapters. Schnittke branched out into the Western avant garde and unfurled a new compositional style with his stunningly emotional and haunting Piano Quintet. In Bartók’s Second String Quartet, the composer reevaluated musical modes, embracing a new harmonic medium.  

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

Image: Martin Puryear. Sanctuary, 1982. Mr. and Mrs. Frank G. Logan Purchase Prize Fund. © Martin Puryear


Glass String Quartet No. 3 (Mishima)
Schnittke Piano Quintet
Bartók String Quartet No. 2


Meridian Ensemble
Cornelius Chiu violin
Kozue Funakoshi  violin
Danny Lai viola
Daniel Katz cello
Inah Chiu piano


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