Muti, Herbert & Pines of Rome

May 25 - May 27, 2023


Riccardo Muti conducts two of Respighi’s vibrant orchestral tapestries: his sumptuous homage to Rome’s iconic neighborhoods and pine groves and his masterful evocation of Renaissance lute music. The program includes the vivid First Concerto for Timpani by American composer William Kraft, featuring CSO Principal Timpani David Herbert.

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Divertimento in F Major, K. 138


Timpani Concerto No. 1


Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite I


Pines of Rome

Music Director Emeritus for Life
Principal Timpani
The Clinton Family Fund Chair


Enhance your concert experience with these additional events.

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.

Postconcert CD Signing

Please join us for a postconcert CD signing with Maestro Riccardo Muti on Thursday, May 25. The signing will take place in First Floor Rotunda and is open to all ticketholders. Merchandise will be available in the Symphony Store preconcert and lobby at intermission and postconcert.

Postconcert Dining Forte May Special

End your night in style at Forte, with featured specials following all evening performances for the month of May. Learn more »

Classic Encounter

Terri Hemmert

Thursday, May 25: Preconcert lecture hosted by Chicago’s favorite radio DJ, WXRT’s Terri Hemmert with CSO musician co-host Alex Hanna principal bass (The David and Mary Winton Green Principal Bass Chair).

You will have the opportunity to add Classic Encounter to your order after selecting your seats for the concert.


These performances are made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Artistic Excellence.

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The Timpani Concerto No. 1 by William Kraft, says CSO Principal Timpani David Herbert, is "really fun. It’s not a big, flashy, bangy thing. The solo part is very integrated, so it’s a great dialogue with all of the other instruments."
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Chicago-born composer William Kraft, whose Timpani Concerto No. 1 will be performed by the CSO, has ties to the Windy City, including his music for the O'Hare International Airport artwork "The Sky's the Limit."
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For CSO Principal Timpani David Herbert, the opening passage of Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 presents the opportunity to play phrases that are simple yet expressive.
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