Salonen Conducts Ravel & Stravinsky
May 26 - May 31, 2022
Salonen Conducts Ravel & Stravinsky


Esa-Pekka Salonen takes listeners on a voyage through astonishing terrains, from Ravel’s exquisite setting of Perrault’s fairy tales to Stravinsky’s 1940s “war symphony,” with its allusions to marching soldiers and tanks. Completing the program, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto introduces a 2021 concerto by Bryce Dessner partly inspired by Anne Carson’s essay The Anthropology of Water. It is a re-imagining of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, “an endeavor as old as civilization to set out on a road that is supposed to take you to the very end of things.” (Carson, The Anthropology of Water)

Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Stephen Alltop in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.

Thursday, May 26, 2022
7:30 PM
Friday, May 27, 2022
8:00 PM
Saturday, May 28, 2022
8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
7:30 PM

Mother Goose


Violin Concerto


Symphony in Three Movements

Iro Haarla (Arr. Pekka Kuusisto)

Barcarole [May 26 Encore]

Gabriel Kahane

Kiivetä Kotiin [May 27 Encore]

Trad. Finnish

Pirun Polska (The Devil’s Polska) [May 28 Encore]

Trad. Finnish

“Kopskin Jonas” [May 31 Encore]


These concerts are generously sponsored by Richard W. Colburn and Jenner & Block LLC.

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Pierre Boulez leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements, recorded live at Orchestra Hall in 2009.

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