Mar 2

Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 2, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."

Program

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Mar 4

Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, March 4, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."

Program

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Mar 7

Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, March 7, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

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

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."

Program

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Mar 9

Salonen & Yo-Yo Ma

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stravinsky’s ballet about the lovelorn puppet Petrushka remains one of the most striking orchestral works of the modern repertoire. Esa-Pekka Salonen couples Petrushka with John Adams’ equally playful Slonimsky’s Earbox and the world premiere of Salonen’s own Cello Concerto, played by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma.

Note for the Newcomer: Salonen's Cello Concerto, a multi-ensemble co-commission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, will make its world premiere here in Chicago.

RUSH tickets are available for this concert. Call the box office for details 312-294-3000.

Program

John Adams Slonimsky's Earbox
Salonen Cello Concerto [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Stravinsky Petrushka

Mar 10

Salonen & Yo-Yo Ma

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, March 10, 2017

Stravinsky’s ballet about the lovelorn puppet Petrushka remains one of the most striking orchestral works of the modern repertoire. Esa-Pekka Salonen couples Petrushka with John Adams’ equally playful Slonimsky’s Earbox and the world premiere of Salonen’s own Cello Concerto, played by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma.

Note for the Newcomer: Salonen's Cello Concerto, a multi-ensemble co-commission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, will make its world premiere here in Chicago.

RUSH tickets are available for this concert. Call the box office for details 312-294-3000.

Program

John Adams Slonimsky's Earbox
Salonen Cello Concerto [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Stravinsky Petrushka

Mar 11

Salonen & Yo-Yo Ma

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, March 11, 2017

Stravinsky’s ballet about the lovelorn puppet Petrushka remains one of the most striking orchestral works of the modern repertoire. Esa-Pekka Salonen couples Petrushka with John Adams’ equally playful Slonimsky’s Earbox and the world premiere of Salonen’s own Cello Concerto, played by the legendary Yo-Yo Ma.

Note for the Newcomer: Salonen's Cello Concerto, a multi-ensemble co-commission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, will make its world premiere here in Chicago.

RUSH tickets are available for this concert. Call the box office for details 312-294-3000.

Program

John Adams Slonimsky's Earbox
Salonen Cello Concerto [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]
Stravinsky Petrushka

Mar 16

Muti, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 & Uchida

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 16, 2017

Riccardo Muti leads Rossini’s Overture to La scala di seta and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto featuring Mitsuko Uchida, an artist who “guides the audience through every conceivable emotion” (The Telegraph). Muti closes the program with a world premiere by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Samuel Adams and Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, in which the composer departed from the standard symphonic form to make a groundbreaking "symphony in one movement.”

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after Tuesday's concert.

Note for the Newcomer: When Robert Schumann began working on his Fourth Symphony, he had recently gotten married. The work was intended to be a musical portrait of his new wife, Clara Wieck.

Program

Rossini Overture to La scala di seta
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
S. Adams many words of love [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Schumann Symphony No. 4

Mar 18

Muti, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 & Uchida

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, March 18, 2017

Riccardo Muti leads Rossini’s Overture to La scala di seta and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto featuring Mitsuko Uchida, an artist who “guides the audience through every conceivable emotion” (The Telegraph). Muti closes the program with a world premiere by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Samuel Adams and Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, in which the composer departed from the standard symphonic form to make a groundbreaking "symphony in one movement.”

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after Tuesday's concert.

Note for the Newcomer: When Robert Schumann began working on his Fourth Symphony, he had recently gotten married. The work was intended to be a musical portrait of his new wife, Clara Wieck.

Program

Rossini Overture to La scala di seta
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
S. Adams many words of love [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Schumann Symphony No. 4

Mar 19

Muti, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 & Uchida

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, March 19, 2017

Riccardo Muti leads Rossini’s Overture to La scala di seta and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto featuring Mitsuko Uchida, an artist who “guides the audience through every conceivable emotion” (The Telegraph). Muti closes the program with a world premiere by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Samuel Adams and Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, in which the composer departed from the standard symphonic form to make a groundbreaking "symphony in one movement.”

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after Tuesday's concert.

Note for the Newcomer: When Robert Schumann began working on his Fourth Symphony, he had recently gotten married. The work was intended to be a musical portrait of his new wife, Clara Wieck.

Program

Rossini Overture to La scala di seta
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
S. Adams many words of love [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Schumann Symphony No. 4

Mar 21

Muti, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 & Uchida

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Riccardo Muti leads Rossini’s Overture to La scala di seta and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto featuring Mitsuko Uchida, an artist who “guides the audience through every conceivable emotion” (The Telegraph). Muti closes the program with a world premiere by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Samuel Adams and Schumann’s Fourth Symphony, in which the composer departed from the standard symphonic form to make a groundbreaking "symphony in one movement.”

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after Tuesday's concert.

Note for the Newcomer: When Robert Schumann began working on his Fourth Symphony, he had recently gotten married. The work was intended to be a musical portrait of his new wife, Clara Wieck.

Program

Rossini Overture to La scala di seta
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
S. Adams many words of love [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Schumann Symphony No. 4

Mar 30

Haitink Conducts Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 30, 2017

Over the last 10 years, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have explored Mahler's legacy, taking Chicago audiences on a symphonic journey through landscapes of rich musical wisdom and piercing detail. Now they turn to one of the best loved of all his 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

Mar 31

Haitink Conducts Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, March 31, 2017

Over the last 10 years, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have explored Mahler's legacy, taking Chicago audiences on a symphonic journey through landscapes of rich musical wisdom and piercing detail. Now they turn to one of the best loved of all his 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

Apr 1

Haitink Conducts Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, April 1, 2017

Over the last 10 years, Bernard Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have explored Mahler's legacy, taking Chicago audiences on a symphonic journey through landscapes of rich musical wisdom and piercing detail. Now they turn to one of the best loved of all his 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

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

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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