Variations on America

This week, the CSO explores variations on the theme of America. With archival recordings spanning more than four decades, the broadcast features conductors Michael Tilson Thomas, Daniel Barenboim, Morton Gould, Carlo Maria Giulini and John Williams leading works by Gershwin, Bernstein, Williams and more. The program concludes with Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony, the composer’s tribute to the American repertory.

Gershwin Cuban Overture
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1997 (Teldec)

Gershwin/Tovey A Foggy Day
Bramwell Tovey conductor & piano

Ives The Unanswered Question (original version)
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor
Adolph Herseth trumpet
1986 (CBS)

Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1997 (Teldec)

Ives/Schuman Variations on America
Morton Gould conductor
1966 (RCA)

Williams Selections from Lincoln (The People’s House and Appomattox, April 9, 1965)
John Williams conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director
2012 (Sony)

Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World)
Carlo Maria Giulini conductor
1977 (DGG)

Brian Wise producer
Charlie Post audio engineer
Lisa Simeone host
Michael Schweppe host engineer
Neil Tevault host engineer


The CSOradio broadcast series brings unparalleled live performances to thousands of listeners weekly.

The nationally syndicated series features live concert performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recorded in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, alongside selections from the orchestra’s expansive catalog of commercial recordings. Every program is designed to illustrate fascinating stories inside the music, as well as offering insights from the performers themselves.

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