Top concert picks for 2022-23 from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association staff

Patron Services associate Giulia Chiappetta ‘pines’ for Respighi’s Rome

Patron Services associate Giulia Chiappetta singles out Respighi's "Pines of Rome" as one of her "favorite pieces of all time," because of its "exuberance, melancholy, curiosity and sheer power."

The 2022-23 seasons of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Center Presents are just weeks away, and members of the Sales and Patron Experience team are here to help. Though the box office opens — in person, by phone or online — for single-ticket purchases beginning Aug. 3, subscriptions for all series are now available.  

Can't decide which concerts to select? Over the next few weeks, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association staff members will offer their own choices for the must-see performances of 2022-23.

Patron Services associate Giulia Chiappetta has curated an eclectic collection, ranging from CSO favorites to taiko drumming to klezmer music.

Her Top 5 picks:

1. May 25-27, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with Riccardo Muti, in Pines of Rome.  Respighi's Pines of Rome is one of my favorite pieces of all time. The exuberance, melancholy, curiosity and sheer power that it captures in its four movements is just incredible. I can’t even imagine what it’s like to experience live, especially under Muti’s baton. Also, a timpani concerto?? (Kraft's Timpani Concerto No. 1, featuring David Herbert.) This will truly be a special program.

2. March 5, Kodo in One Earth Tour. I played taiko in college, and it was enormous fun (not to mention quite the workout). We are so lucky to have this particular group in our hall — they are taiko masters and will undoubtedly bring incredible prowess and energy to their performance. For those who don’t know, taiko is traditional Japanese drumming, and it incorporates complex choreography and vocal ad-libs. I’m very excited to see Kodo.

3. Dec. 4, Itzhak Perlman: In the Fiddler’s House. This one needs no introduction and has already been a favorite among subscribers, but I just have to say that I saw Perlman perform a similar program of klezmer music in San Francisco, and it was so joyful. Some folks on the main floor even got up and started dancing, which was awesome. I am definitely going to this one, and you should, too.

4. Dec. 15-18, the CSO in Dukas The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony. I loveeee this organ symphony! I imagine that sitting in the Terrace for this one would be fun — the organ would make the floor shake in the last movement. And who doesn’t love The Sorcerer’s Apprentice? Beep boop.

5. Feb. 9-11, Lahav Shani conducts the CSO in Rachmaninovs Symphonic Dances. Call me basic, I don’t care! Symphonic Dances is incredible. I remember playing it in youth orchestra, and I got to play that spooky bass clarinet solo in the first movement, he-he. This piece is so exciting in its range; it goes from Romeo & Juliet-esque dramatics to beautiful, sweeping melodies. It makes me want to jump out of my seat and then cry like a baby shortly after. Also, the Prokofiev Classical Symphony will probably be cool, too.

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