Also sprach Zarathustra

Mar 14-16, 2024


Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra — with its iconic opening popularized in 2001: A Space Odyssey — sets the tone for a program of dazzling, otherworldly pieces. Bartók’s pantomime ballet, The Miraculous Mandarin, is a lurid, supernatural tale rendered in arresting colors. Czech violinist Josef Špaček takes on Martinů’s tuneful and vivacious Violin Concerto No. 1.

R. Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra


Violin Concerto No. 1


Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin


Funk the String [Mar. 14 & 16 Encore]
Josef Špaček violin


L’Aurore from Sonata No. 5, Op. 27 [Mar. 15 Encore]
Josef Špaček violin


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Preconcert Dining

Enhance your concert experience by dining at Forte featuring contemporary Mediterranean cuisine or the Thomas Club featuring traditional American fare. Learn more »

Preconcert Conversation

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


The appearance of Josef Špaček is made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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From March 14-16, you can "Czech" out violinist Josef Špaček in his CSO debut with a fellow Czech as guest conductor, Jakub Hrůša, performing the First Violin Concerto of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů.
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