Gershwin & Bernstein

Oct 19 - Oct 24, 2023


An exuberant melding of jazz, blues and classical styles, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F is an ideal vehicle for Illinois native Conrad Tao, “a personality-plus pianist with a fearless technique” (Chicago Classical Review). Bernstein’s beloved West Side Story dances include themes from the songs “Somewhere” and “Maria.” Barber’s soulful overture and Revueltas’ joyfully raucous Sensemayá frame the program.


The School for Scandal Overture


Piano Concerto in F


Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz [Oct 19–24 Encore]
Conrad Tao piano


Symphonic Dances from West Side Story




Enhance your concert experience with these additional events.

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 Robbie Ellis in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.

Preconcert Event

On Tuesday, October 24 the CSO Latino Alliance will host a preconcert event with refreshments and presentation exploring the evening's program and the larger context of performing arts in Mexico. Tickets required for entry. Learn more about the event at CSO Latino Alliance »

College Night

Join the CSO Student Ambassadors for a casual dinner, Q&A and concert with a $15 all-inclusive student ticket »


The appearance of James Gaffigan is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Artistic Excellence.

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