Muti, Montgomery & Rachmaninov 2
May 11 - May 16, 2023


Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony marked a personal comeback after a debilitating crisis of confidence. In the spring of 2023, a century and a half after the composer’s birth, Riccardo Muti conducts this sumptuous score, along with the world premiere of Transfigure to Grace by Mead Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery, who writes with “a Technicolor brilliance and harmonic plushness perfect for the CSO’s own heart-on-its-sleeve proclivities” (Chicago Tribune).

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Overture to Tannhäuser


Transfigure to Grace [World Premiere, CSO Commission]


Symphony No. 2

Music Director Emeritus for Life


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

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These concerts are generously sponsored by an anonymous donor.

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