CSO MusicNOW: Common Ground

Nov 21, 2022
CSO MusicNow: Common Ground


Common Ground continues to highlight connections between the works of up-and-coming composers and their musical idols. Featured are two cutting-edge works and a world premiere by Xavier Foley that demonstrate his virtuosity — as well as his passion for solo works on the double bass — and two compositions for strings by American fiddle icon and composer Mark O’Connor. O’Connor’s String Quartet No. 3 fuses traditional old-time fiddling melodies with unique contemporary twists while his Strings and Threads Suite illustrates the interconnections between folk music styles hundreds of years apart.

Each ticket includes access to a postconcert party in the Rotunda at Symphony Center. MusicNOW is more than a concert; it’s an immersive evening of celebrating the arts and meeting new people. Following the concert, you’re invited to the Rotunda for an afterparty complete with photo opportunities, a gallery of artwork specially designed by local artist Donovan Foote to commemorate the 25th season of MusicNOW and more. Enjoy a selection of complimentary refreshments while you meet new friends and mingle with the artists at this new social arts event!

Share your MusicNOW experience! Use #MusicNOW and tag @chicagosymphony to join in the conversation.


Irish Fantasy


Etude No. 10, The Dance 


String Quartet No. 3


Good Times [World Premiere, CSO MusicNOW Commission]


Strings and Threads Suite


College Hornpipe [Encore]


Sweet Georgia Brown [Encore]


Major support for MusicNOW is generously provided by the Zell Family Foundation, the Sargent Family Foundation, the Sally Mead Hands Foundation, the Julian Family Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Original Artwork by Donovan Foote

Commemorate the 25th season of CSO MusicNOW with limited-edition poster prints of the artwork designed for each concert by local artist Donovan Foote. Prints are available in multiple sizes, framed or unframed, and are shipped directly to your home. Available exclusively at symphonystore.com.

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