The stories behind the music

What inspires the creation of a great piece of music?

Journey into the heart of the music with Beyond the Score®. Live actors, musical examples, and breathtaking projections set the basis for this comprehensive multimedia experience that reveals illuminating stories and thoughtful insights within a musical score.

For newcomers to classical music and longtime aficionados alike, each Beyond the Score® presentation is a dramatic exploration of a composer’s music. Through live actors, stunning visual projections and virtuosic fragments of live music performed by members of the CSO, the compelling story of the composer’s life and art unfolds, illuminating the world that shaped the music’s creation. Under creative director Gerard McBurney’s leadership, each of the 30 Beyond the Score presentations weave together theater, music and design to draw audiences into the concert hall and into a work’s spirit.

Initially conceived in 2005, Beyond the Score® has become one of the most successful and original audience development tools in the field of classical music. The program seeks to open the door to the symphonic repertoire for first-time concertgoers as well as to encourage an active, more fulfilling way of listening for seasoned audiences. At its core is the live format of musical extracts, spoken clarification, theatrical narrative, and hand-paced projections on large central surfaces, performed in close synchrony. After each program, audiences return from intermission to experience the resulting work performed in a regular concert setting, equipped with a new understanding of its style and genesis.

Beyond the Score® was quickly recognized by orchestras in the United States and abroad; and its expanded licensing program has since brought performances to live audiences throughout the United States and the world. In addition, selected performances are also available for online viewing at youtube.com/chicagosymphony.

   

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