CSO & The Joffrey Ballet

Nov 10-12, 2022
The Joffrey Ballet


Dancers from Chicago’s world-renowned Joffrey Ballet invigorate the Symphony Center stage with two newly commissioned choreographies set to Siegfried Idyll, Wagner’s glowing birthday gift to his wife, and Rameau’s vivid ballet, composed for a royal wedding at the Palace of Versailles. Ravel evokes Baroque dance in Le tombeau de Couperin, with each movement becoming a touching tribute to friends who died in World War I. The program opens with the beguiling elegance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 34. 

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.


Symphony No. 34


Le tombeau de Couperin


Siegfried Idyll

Heimat [World Premiere]
  Cathy Marston choreography


Suite from Platée

Platée [World Premiere]
 Annabelle Lopez Ochoa choreography

The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director, Joffrey Ballet

These performances are generously sponsored by Anne Kaplan. Additional support is provided by D. Elizabeth Price and Joyce Chelberg.

Production Sponsors:
Bill and Orli Staley Foundation
Pam and Russ Strobel

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