In Times of War

Feb 14, 2022
In Times of War


Written at the height of World War II, Bartók’s late masterpiece brims with Hungarian dance rhythms and highlights every section of the orchestra to full effect. That same year, in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, Polish trailblazer Grażyna Bacewicz composed her vibrant Overture. Completed in 1918, Janáček’s symphonic rhapsody is a teeming, visceral score based on a Gogol story about a Cossack with his two sons fighting for Ukraine.




Taras Bulba


Concerto for Orchestra

Principal Conductor, Civic Orchestra of Chicago
The Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett Principal Conductor Chair

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