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, March 31, 2024, to June 23, 2024
Mar 31, 2024
CSOradio Program #14
The Song of the Earth

Schumann Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38 (Spring)
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1977 (Deutsche Grammophon) 

Goldmark In Springtime 
Frederick Stock conductor

Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Maureen Forrester conductor
March 2023

Respighi Fountains of Rome 
Fritz Reiner conductor
Maureen Forrester contralto
Richard Lewis tenor

Apr 07, 2024
CSOradio Program #15
Mäkelä Conducts López Bellido & Mahler 5

Corigliano Tournaments Overture 
Sir Georg Solti conductor
(CSO First 100 Years)

Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela from Four Legends from the Kalevala, Op. 22
Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C Minor
López Bellido Aino
Scott Hostetler english horn
Mahler Symphony No. 5
Klaus Mäkelä conductor
February 2023 

Apr 14, 2024
CSOradio Program #16
Great Guest Soloists

Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47
Walter Hendi conductor
Jascha Heifetz violin

Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer 
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Yvonne Minton mezzo-soprano 
1970 (London)

R. Strauss Burleske in D Minor
Fritz Reiner conductor 
Byron Janis piano

Dvořák Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104
Daniel Barenboim conductor 
Jacqueline du Pré cello 
1970 (Angel) 

Apr 21, 2024
CSOradio Program #17
Rakitina, Weilerstein & Tchaikovsky 

Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Roccoco Theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33
Tchaikovsky Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62 
ENCORE Bach Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1008 
Alisa Weilerstein cello 
Tchaikovsky Suite from The Nutcracker, Op. 71a 
Anna Rakitina conductor
March 2022 

Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms 
Sir Georg Solti conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus 
Duain Wolfe director

Apr 28, 2024
CSOradio Program #18
Hrůša Conducts Má vlast

Mahler Totenfeier
Pierre Boulez conductor
(Deutsche Grammophon) 

Smetana Vysehrad, No. 1 from Má vlast
Smetana The Moldau, No. 2 from Má vlast
Smetana Sárka, No. 3 from Má vlast
Smetana From Bohemia's Fields and Groves, No. 4 from Má vlast
Smetana Tábor, No. 5 from Má vlast
Smetana Blanik, No. 6, from Má vlast
Jakub Hrůša conductor
May 2017 

May 05, 2024
CSOradio Program #19
Zhang & Trpčeski

Brahms Variations on a Theme by Josephn Haydn, Op. 56a
Sir Georg Solti conductor

Ngwenyama Primal Message
Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
Simon Trpčeski piano
Prokofiev Symphony No. 6 in E-flat Minor, Op. 111
Xian Zhang conductor
October 2022

May 12, 2024
CSOradio Program #20
Szeps-Znaider & Carpenter

Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Poulenc Concerto in G Minor for Organ, Strings, and Timpani
Bach No. 20 from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Cameron Carpenter organ
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 78 (Organ)
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider conductor
December 2022

Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
Ravel Alborada del gracioso
Ravel Boléro
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1991 (Erato)

May 19, 2024
CSOradio Program #21
Muti Conducts Beethoven

Beethoven Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Riccardo Muti conductor 
January 2022 

Barber Mutations from Bach
Bach (arr. Sauer) Selections from The Art of Fugue  
Tilson Thomas Street Song for Symphonic Brass 
Michael Mulcahy conductor
CSO Brass 
2021 (CSOtv)

May 26, 2024
CSOradio Program #22
Thielemann Conducts Bruckner 

Bruckner Symphony No. 8 in C Minor (1890 version)
Christian Thielemann conductor
October 2022

Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1994 (Teldec)

Bates Primordial Orchestra from Philharmonia Fantastique
Bates Finale and Rebirth of Sprite from Philharmonia Fantastique
Edwin Outwater conductor
2021 (Sony)

Jun 02, 2024
CSOradio Program #23
Muti, Chen & Mozart Gran Partita 

Cimarosa Overture to Il matrimonio segreto
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218
Robert Chen violin
Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, K. 390a (Gran Partita) 
Riccardo Muti conductor
May 2023

Prokofiev Selections from Romeo and Juliet 
Riccardo Muti conductor
(CSO Resound) 

Jun 09, 2024
CSOradio Program #24
De Waart & Haitink

Beethoven Overture to Leonore No. 3, Op. 72b
Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 (Eroica)
Edo de Waart conductor
June 2013 

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral)
Bernard Haitink conductor
June 2010

Jun 16, 2024
CSOradio Program #25
Carmina burana 

Britten The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34
Seiji Ozawa conductor
1967 (RCA)

Montgomery Banner
Rautavaara Cantus Arcticus
Orff Carmina burana
Osmo Vänskä conductor
Joélle Harvey soprano
Reginald Mobley countertenor
Hugh Russell baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Jenny Wong guest director
Uniting Voices Chicago
Josephine Lee director
March 2023

Jun 23, 2024
CSOradio Program #26
Shani & Rana 

Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 in D Major (Classical)
Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Beatrice Rana piano
Encore: Tchaikovsky Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, Op. 71 (for piano four hands)
Beatrice Rana and Lahav Shani piano
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Lahav Shani conductor
February 2023

Wagner The Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
Wagner Forest Murmurs from Siegfried
Wagner Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March from Götterdämmerung
Daniel Barenboim conductor
1991 (Erato)