Blomstedt Conducts Dvořák 8

Mar 9 - Mar 12, 2023
Herbert Blomstedt leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall


Eminent Swedish American conductor Herbert Blomstedt leads two Dvořák landmarks — the restless, bucolic Eighth Symphony and the impassioned Cello Concerto — each imbued with the composer’s hallmark warmth and Bohemian charm. Joining the CSO is the young Romanian Andrei Ioniţă, “one of the most exciting cellists to have emerged for a decade” (The Times of London).


Cello Concerto


Symphony No. 8


Black Run [Encore Mar. 9 & 11]


Chonguri [Encore Mar. 12]

Andrei Ioniţă


Preconcert Conversations

Explore the music in the free preconcert conversation featuring Carl Grapentine in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.


The appearance of Andrei Ioniţă is made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

This concert is supported in part by a generous grant from the E. Nakamichi Foundation.

In appreciation of his generous support for the SEMPRE ALWAYS campaign, the CSO recognizes Gifford Zimmerman as sponsor of these concerts.

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Wishing a very happy 95th birthday to the legendary Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt!
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