The Moldau, Smetana’s much-loved portrayal of Bohemia’s mighty river, is one of six tone poems in the composer’s musical portrait of his homeland. Rarely performed in its entirety, Má vlast (My Fatherland) is an extraordinary cycle that traces the history of the Czech people and evokes the rich natural beauties of the countryside.
There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, May 18. Buy lecture tickets
Note for the Newcomer: In its 125-year history, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has performed Má vlastonly five times in its entirety.