Mar 30

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 30, 2017

Please note: James Conlon replaces guest conductor and former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink, who is suffering from a stomach virus and has had to regretfully withdraw from his performances.

Former Ravinia Music Director James Conlon returns to Chicago to conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and one of Mahler's best loved 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 (Song of the Earth)

Mar 31

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, March 31, 2017

Please note: James Conlon replaces guest conductor and former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink, who is suffering from a stomach virus and has had to regretfully withdraw from his performances.

Former Ravinia Music Director James Conlon returns to Chicago to conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and one of Mahler's best loved 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 (Song of the Earth)

Apr 1

Mahler’s Song of the Earth

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, April 1, 2017

Please note: James Conlon replaces guest conductor and former CSO Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink, who is suffering from a stomach virus and has had to regretfully withdraw from his performances.

Former Ravinia Music Director James Conlon returns to Chicago to conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and one of Mahler's best loved 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 (Song of the Earth)

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

Apr 11

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 & Dvořák Cello Concerto

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, April 11, 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 13

Dutoit Conducts the Fauré Requiem

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, April 13, 2017

Charles Dutoit conducts a moving Easter weekend program that culminates in a presentation of Fauré’s beloved Requiem, “one of the most sublime works in the sacred classical canon” (BBC Music). Wagner’s serene Good Friday Music offers a striking contrast with Honegger’s World War II-inspired Liturgique Symphony.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, April 13. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: Fauré worked for many churches as organist and chorusmaster and his busy schedule forced him to become a "summer composer." He wrote that he started writing his Requiem "for the pleasure of it."

Program

Wagner Good Friday Music from Parsifal
Honegger Symphony No. 3 (Liturgique)
Fauré Requiem

Apr 14

Dutoit Conducts the Fauré Requiem

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, April 14, 2017

Charles Dutoit conducts a moving Easter weekend program that culminates in a presentation of Fauré’s beloved Requiem, “one of the most sublime works in the sacred classical canon” (BBC Music). Wagner’s serene Good Friday Music offers a striking contrast with Honegger’s World War II-inspired Liturgique Symphony.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, April 13. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: Fauré worked for many churches as organist and chorusmaster and his busy schedule forced him to become a "summer composer." He wrote that he started writing his Requiem "for the pleasure of it."

Program

Wagner Good Friday Music from Parsifal
Honegger Symphony No. 3 (Liturgique)
Fauré Requiem

Apr 15

Dutoit Conducts the Fauré Requiem

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, April 15, 2017

Charles Dutoit conducts a moving Easter weekend program that culminates in a presentation of Fauré’s beloved Requiem, “one of the most sublime works in the sacred classical canon” (BBC Music). Wagner’s serene Good Friday Music offers a striking contrast with Honegger’s World War II-inspired Liturgique Symphony.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, April 13. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: Fauré worked for many churches as organist and chorusmaster and his busy schedule forced him to become a "summer composer." He wrote that he started writing his Requiem "for the pleasure of it."

Program

Wagner Good Friday Music from Parsifal
Honegger Symphony No. 3 (Liturgique)
Fauré Requiem

Apr 20

Järvi Conducts Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, April 20, 2017

One of the world’s most distinguished conductors, Neeme Järvi leads the CSO in Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, followed by Bartók’s Violin Concerto performed by CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen. Beethoven’s evocative portrait of nature, his Pastoral Symphony, closes the program.

Note for the Newcomer: His Pastoral Symphony, one of Beethoven's most famous pieces, is prominently featured in the Disney film Fantasia, in a countryside scene filled with magical centaurs and cherubs.

Program

Pärt Fratres
Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

Apr 22

Järvi Conducts Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, April 22, 2017

One of the world’s most distinguished conductors, Neeme Järvi leads the CSO in Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, followed by Bartók’s Violin Concerto performed by CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen. Beethoven’s evocative portrait of nature, his Pastoral Symphony, closes the program.

Note for the Newcomer: His Pastoral Symphony, one of Beethoven's most famous pieces, is prominently featured in the Disney film Fantasia, in a countryside scene filled with magical centaurs and cherubs.

Program

Pärt Fratres
Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

Apr 23

Järvi Conducts Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, April 23, 2017

One of the world’s most distinguished conductors, Neeme Järvi leads the CSO in Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, followed by Bartók’s Violin Concerto performed by CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen. Beethoven’s evocative portrait of nature, his Pastoral Symphony, closes the program.

Note for the Newcomer: His Pastoral Symphony, one of Beethoven's most famous pieces, is prominently featured in the Disney film Fantasia, in a countryside scene filled with magical centaurs and cherubs.

Program

Pärt Fratres
Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)

Apr 27

Muti, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto & Lupu

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, April 27, 2017

Riccardo Muti leads Radu Lupu, who is “as close to being the embodiment of pure music as one can get” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), in Beethoven’s noble Emperor Concerto. Liszt’s Dante Symphony is a symphonic poem full of fire and fury that depicts Dante's Divine Comedy.

Note for the Newcomer: Of his five piano concertos, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto is the only one not premiered by the composer himself. His deafness was quite advanced in 1811 when the concerto was first publicly performed.

Program

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
Liszt Dante Symphony

Apr 28

Muti, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto & Lupu

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, April 28, 2017

Riccardo Muti leads Radu Lupu, who is “as close to being the embodiment of pure music as one can get” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), in Beethoven’s noble Emperor Concerto. Liszt’s Dante Symphony is a symphonic poem full of fire and fury that depicts Dante's Divine Comedy.

Note for the Newcomer: Of his five piano concertos, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto is the only one not premiered by the composer himself. His deafness was quite advanced in 1811 when the concerto was first publicly performed.

Program

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
Liszt Dante Symphony

Apr 29

Muti, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto & Lupu

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, April 29, 2017

Riccardo Muti leads Radu Lupu, who is “as close to being the embodiment of pure music as one can get” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), in Beethoven’s noble Emperor Concerto. Liszt’s Dante Symphony is a symphonic poem full of fire and fury that depicts Dante's Divine Comedy.

Note for the Newcomer: Of his five piano concertos, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto is the only one not premiered by the composer himself. His deafness was quite advanced in 1811 when the concerto was first publicly performed.

Program

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 (Emperor)
Liszt Dante Symphony

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