Hilary Hahn Plays Carmen Fantasy

Apr 13-15, 2023


CSO Artist-in-Residence Hilary Hahn returns for Sarasate’s brilliant and sultry arrangement of Bizet’s Carmen and two beguiling serenades by the late Finnish master Einojuhani Rautavaara. Returning conductor Thomas Adès frames the program with Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier Suite — a loving and graceful tribute to the Viennese waltz — and the profoundly stirring and vivid Night Ride and Sunrise by Sibelius.

Please note: Conductor Thomas Adès will step in for Mikko Franck, who had to withdraw due to a knee injury, and lead the Orchestra in this program.


Night Ride and Sunrise


Deux Sérénades [United States Premiere]


Carmen Fantasy

R. Strauss

Suite from Der Rosenkavalier


Through My Mother’s Eyes [April 13-15 Encore]

CSO Artist-in-Residence, violin


Enhance your concert experience with these additional events.

Preconcert Conversation

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

Postconcert CD Signing

Please join us for a postconcert CD signing with Hilary Hahn after each performance. The signings will take place in Grainger Ballroom and are open to all ticketholders. Merchandise will be available in the Symphony Store preconcert and Grainger Ballroom at intermission and postconcert.


The Artist in Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is made possible through a generous gift from James and Brenda Grusecki.

Hilary Hahn — Eclipse

Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn presents Eclipse, a celebration of her return to the spotlight with the music of Antonín Dvořák and Alberto Ginastera alongside Pablo de Sarasate’s virtuosic Carmen Fantasy.

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