CSOradio broadcast schedule

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

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

CSOradio currently offers one series: a nationally syndicated lineup, which is broadcast in Chicago at 8 p.m. CT on Sundays over WFMT-FM (98.7). Complete shows also may be heard here.

Audiences outside Chicago may stream the CSO’s radio broadcasts on Experience CSO or check their local radio listings.

Stream available music selections on CSOradio.

CSOradio Listings, December 31, 2023, to March 24, 2024
Dec 31, 2023
CSOradio Program #01
Blomstedt Conducts Dvořák 8

Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
Henryson Black Run from Colors in D Suite for Solo Cello 
Andrei Ioniță cello 
Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
Herbert Blomstedt conductor
March 2023


Respighi Fountains of Rome 
Fritz Reiner conductor
1959
(RCA) 

J. Strauss, Jr Thunder and Lightning Polka, Op. 324
Fritz Reiner conductor
1960
(RCA)

Jan 07, 2024
CSOradio Program #02
Barenboim Conducts Bruckner 8

Wagner Prelude to Lohengrin
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1994
(Teldec)

R. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1990 (Erato) 

Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C Minor
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1980 (Deutsche Grammophon) 

Jan 14, 2024
CSOradio Program #03
Muti, Glass & Mendelssohn

Beethoven Sextet for Two Horns and Strings in E-flat Major, Op. 81b
2021 (CSO Sessions)

Glass The Triumph of the Octagon
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 90 (Italian) 
Strauss Aus Italien, Op. 16
Riccardo Muti conductor
February 2021

Jan 21, 2024
CSOradio Program #04
Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050
2021 (CSO Sessions) 

Rossini Overture to Il viaggio a Reims
Mozart Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100 
Riccardo Muti conductor
September 2022

Jan 28, 2024
CSOradio Program #05
Honeck, Capuçon & Shostakovich 5

Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Auerbach Concerto for Cello and Orchestra Diary of a Madman
Gautier Capuçon cello
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47 
Manfred Honeck conductor
November 2022

Kodály Dances of Galánta
Neeme Järvi conductor
1990
(Chandos)

Feb 04, 2024
CSOradio Program #06
Hannu Lintu & Ray Chen

Nielsen Helios Overture, Op. 17
Hannu Lintu conductor
February 2020

Lindberg Serenades 
Lalo 
Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21
Ray Chen violin
Brahms Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 88
Hannu Lintu conductor
December 2021

Feb 11, 2024
CSOradio Program #07
Tilson Thomas & Denk

Mahler Blumine 
Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
Jeremy Denk piano 
Brahms/Schoenberg Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
Michael Tilson Thomas conductor

Mozart Symphony No. 34 in C Major, K. 338
Rafael Kubelík conductor
1952 (Mercury)

Feb 18, 2024
CSOradio Program #08
A Chicago Symphony Chorus Spotlight

Bruckner Psalm 150
Ruth Welting soprano 
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director 
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1979 (DGG)

Bartók Cantata profana
John Aler tenor
John Tomlinson baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
Pierre Boulez conductor
1991 (DGG)

Brahms A German Requiem, Op. 45
Kiri Te Kanawa soprano
Bernd Weikl baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis director
Sir Georg Solti conductor
1978 (London)

Feb 25, 2024
CSOradio Program #09
Harding Conducts The Planets

Schumann Overture to Manfred, Op. 115
Brahms Schicksalslied, Op. 54
Holst The Planets, Op. 32
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Jenny Wong director
Daniel Harding conductor

Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms 
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe director
Sir Georg Solti conductor 
1997
(London) 

Mar 03, 2024
CSOradio Program #10
Haitink Conducts Beethoven & Brahms

Weber Overture to Der Freischütz
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Webern Passacaglia for Orchestra, Op. 1
Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Bernard Haitink conductor
March 2006

Mar 10, 2024
CSOradio Program #11
Hrůša Conducts Mahler 9 

Show Boris Kerner 
2020
(CSO Sessions) 

Hailstork Arabesques 
2021
(CSO Sessions) 
Emma Gerstein flute
Cynthia Yeh percussion

Mahler Symphony No. 9 
Jakub Hrůša conductor
June 2023

Mar 17, 2024
CSOradio Program #12
Janáček; J. Strauss, Jr. & Mussorgsky

Janáček Sinfonietta
Seiji Ozawa conductor
1970
(Angel)

Copland Dance Symphony
Morton Gould conductor
1965
(RCA)

J. Strauss, Jr. Wiener Blut, Op. 354
J. Strauss, Jr. Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388
J. Strauss, Jr. Der Zigeunerbaron, Op. 418
J. Strauss, Jr. Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324
Fritz Reiner conductor
1960
(RCA)

Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition
Carlo Maria Guilini conductor
1976 
(Deutsche Grammophon)

Mar 24, 2024
CSOradio Program #13
Boulez & Aimard

Haydn Symphony No. 103 (Drum Roll)
Ligeti Piano Concerto
Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano
Bartók The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19
Pierre Boulez conductor
December 2006


Mozart Quartet in D Major for Flute and Strings, K. 285
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson flute
Robert Chen violin
Li-Kuo Chang viola
John Sharp cello
November 2020