Nicholas Bryan, a Preferred Services supervisor, singles out several Symphony Center Presents offerings in the jazz, chamber and orchestral series, including the return of the Berlin Philharmonic.
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 present their own choices for the must-see performances of 2022-23.
Nicholas Bryan, a Preferred Services supervisor, singles out several SCP offerings in the jazz, chamber and orchestral series, including the return of the Berlin Philharmonic to Symphony Center for the first time in more than a decade.
His Top 5 picks:
1. March 31, Danilo Pérez’s Global Messengers & Children of the Light with John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Danilo Pérez is one of the most legendary jazz pianists. His soloing ideas and ability to weave in and out of complex rhythms is fascinating. His Global Messengers features jazz artists from all over the world (as the group name implies). He has played alongside John Patitucci and Brian Blade for many years, notably in a quartet featuring jazz legend Wayne Shorter. This trio will be one of the tightest rhythm sections to hit the stage. Blade, who's one of my favorite drummers, was recently here with “A Moodswing Reunion.”
2. March 2, Joshua Bell & Daniil Trifonov. Enough said, I think. Should be mind-blowing.
3. Nov. 16, Berlin Philharmonic. One of the greatest orchestras in the world (with the CSO at No. 1 of course). Not often I or many will have the opportunity to see a visiting orchestra of this magnitude in our own backyard. It will be quite the experience hearing this ensemble perform the beautiful, twisting Mahler 7.
4. April 27-29, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 8. A very intense symphony, with many twists and turns. Shostakovich is one of my favorite composers, as many of his works often bring out a wide range of emotions and convey a vigor that is quite unique.
5. Feb. 9-11, the CSO in Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. A complex piece that features both haunting and beautiful melodies, saxophone lines and bursts of energy that tell a dramatic story. Other pieces being performed on this run include Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (Classical) and pianist Beatrice Rana in Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Should be quite the program.