Carmina burana

Mar 16-18, 2023


Carl Orff’s choral celebration of love, lust and youthful excess in medieval times is as iconic as ever — at once gloriously bawdy and touchingly beautiful. Rautavaara’s ethereal “concerto for birds and orchestra” features bird calls recorded in arctic Finland. Banner, by CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery, is a vibrant rhapsody on The Star-Spangled Banner.





Cantus Arcticus


Carmina burana

Guest chorus director
Vocal ensemble
Artistic director, Uniting Voices Chicago


Preconcert Conversation

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


The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus has been made possible by a generous gift from The Grainger Foundation.

The appearances of Joélle Harvey, Reginald Mobley and Hugh Russell are made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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