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

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    2 hours
  • Preconcert Conversation
    with Laura Sauer-Shah
Thursday, May 11, 2023
7:30 PM
Friday, May 12, 2023
1:30 PM
Saturday, May 13, 2023
8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
7:30 PM

Overture to Tannhäuser


Transfigure to Grace [World Premiere, CSO Commission]


Symphony No. 2

Music Director
The CSO’s music director position is endowed in perpetuity by a generous gift from the Zell Family Foundation.


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Preconcert Conversations

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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