Join us at classical music’s coolest conversation!

Start your Thursday night at Symphony Center with a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage and an interactive multimedia discussion between Chicago’s favorite radio DJ, WXRT’s Terri Hemmert, and a CSO musician. From rock to classical, the Beatles to Ravel, learn more about the works programmed and their influence on popular music. Enjoy three evenings of Classic Encounter in the 2023/24 Season — the perfect pairing with your CSO Classical concerts.

Evening Schedule:
  • 6:00 Doors Open
  • 6:15 Presentation
  • 7:30 CSO Concert

Please note: Classic Encounter does not include a full meal.

Learn more about dining options, including Symphony Center's restaurant, Forte »

Terri HemmertLegendary disc jockey Terri Hemmert is celebrating her 50th anniversary at WXRT-FM. Starting as an overnight announcer and public affairs director in 1973, she became Chicago’s first female morning-drive personality in 1981. In 2002, she became host of “Breakfast with the Beatles,” and in 2010 she was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Read more »

There are two ways to purchase tickets to Classic Encounter:
  1. Purchase tickets to any of the three Thursday night concerts below and follow the prompt to add Classic Encounter to your order for $25.
  2. Subscribe to the series and save 15% by choosing three or more Classic Encounter concert dates and events.

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Classic Encounter Dates:
February 8 – Seong-Jin Cho Plays Beethoven

John Bruce Yeh Assistant Principal Clarinet and E-flat Clarinet

May 2 – Sheherazade

Miles Maner bassoon

June 6 – Ravel Boléro

Max Raimi viola

Media Sponsor:

WXRT Chicago's Finest Rock