8:00 PM Friday, February 3, 2017
Bramwell Tovey, “one of the most versatile and charismatic musicians in the world” (MusicalAmerica.com), makes his CSO subscription series debut with a program featuring Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, the composer’s famous theme and variations that spotlight each section of the ensemble. Tchaikovsky’s music from Act 2 of Sleeping Beauty contains one of his most beloved waltzes.
Note for the Newcomer: Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra serves as a playful introduction to a typical orchestra's lineup, with a main theme passed between each main instrument "family": woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion. It was also featured prominently in Wes Anderson's 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom.
Walton Orb and Sceptre, Coronation MarchBritten The Young Person's Guide to the OrchestraTchaikovsky Act 2 from Sleeping Beauty
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey conductor
8:00 PM Saturday, February 4, 2017
8:00 PM Thursday, February 9, 2017
Vivica Genaux brings her "astounding ability to wind her way through some of Vivaldi's hair-raising obstacle courses of notes at lightning-speed tempos" (Los Angeles Times) to this concert with violinist and conductor Fabio Biondi. Genaux will perform several show arias by Vivaldi and his contemporaries, accompanied by a selection of Vivaldi's violin concertos and two of Corelli's Concerti grossi.
There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, February 9.Guest co-host: Peter Conover principal librarian. Buy lecture tickets
Note for the Newcomer: This concert features "concerti grossi," or pieces written to feature a group of soloists accompanied by orchestra, and concert arias, which display a singer's vocal agility and range.
Corelli Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 4Giacomelli Sposa son disprezzata from La MeropeVeracini Già presso al termine from Adriano in SiriaVivaldi Violin Concerto in D Major, RV 222Vivaldi Violin Concerto in E Major, RV 271 (L’amoroso)Ariosti Questi ceppi from La fede ne' tradimentiVivaldi Agitata da due venti from GriseldaVivaldi Violin Concerto in F Major, RV 284, (La stravaganza)Corelli Concerto grosso in B-Flat Major, Op. 6, No. 11
Fabio Biondi conductor and violinVivica Genaux mezzo-soprano
8:00 PM Friday, February 10, 2017
8:00 PM Saturday, February 11, 2017
8:00 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
Rossini’s Overture to Semiramide opens this performance featuring Yefim Bronfman in Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto. One of Mendelssohn’s grandest symphonic works, the Reformation Symphony was written to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Augsburg Confession, the creed of the Lutheran Church.
Note for the Newcomer: Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto begins with the piano soloist playing alone; the orchestra comes in a few bars later. At the time of the concerto's premiere, this type of musical opening in an orchestral work was almost unheard of, and was a totally radical compositional move on Beethoven's part.
Rossini Overture to SemiramideBeethoven Piano Concerto No. 4Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5 (Reformation)
Riccardo Muti conductor
Yefim Bronfman piano
1:30 PM Friday, February 17, 2017
8:00 PM Saturday, February 18, 2017
8:00 PM Thursday, February 23, 2017
The collaboration between Sergei Prokofiev and director Sergei Eisenstein was one of the most brilliant in 20th-century art. Riccardo Muti leads the CSO and Chicago Symphony Chorus in Prokofiev’s music from Eisenstein’s epic film Ivan the Terrible, the riveting story of a bloodthirsty tyrant, with narration by internationally renowned actor Gérard Depardieu.
Note for the Newcomer: Composer Prokofiev and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein worked together closely while Prokofiev wrote music for Ivan the Terrible, with the two discussing each film scene individually. Eisenstein also held off on completely editing each film sequence until the corresponding music was finished, making Ivan the Terrible a true artistic collaboration.
Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible
Gérard Depardieu narratorSasha Cooke mezzo-sopranoMikhail Petrenko bassChicago Symphony Chorus Duain Wolfe chorus directorChicago Children's ChoirJosephine Lee artistic director
8:00 PM Friday, February 24, 2017
8:00 PM Saturday, February 25, 2017
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."
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a FaunJohn Adams Scheherazade.2Stravinsky The Rite of Spring
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductorLeila Josefowicz violin
8:00 PM Saturday, March 4, 2017
7:30 PM Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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.
John Adams Slonimsky's EarboxSalonen Cello Concerto [World Premiere, CSO Co-commission]Stravinsky Petrushka
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor Yo-Yo Ma cello
1:30 PM Friday, March 10, 2017
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