Gershwin & Bernstein
Oct 19 - Oct 24, 2023
Order now


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.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Robbie Ellis
Thursday, October 19, 2023
7:30 PM
Friday, October 20, 2023
7:30 PM
Saturday, October 21, 2023
7:30 PM
Tuesday, October 24, 2023
7:30 PM

The School for Scandal Overture


Piano Concerto in F


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.

James Gaffigan Conducts Missy Mazzoli

Former Mead Composer-in-Residence Missy Mazzoli is in the spotlight for James Gaffigan’s recent release for BIS Records, Dark with Excessive Bright. Featured on this album are works spanning the last decade, including two versions of the title work — one for full orchestra and one for chamber orchestra — and the CSO-commissioned Orpheus Undone.

Order now
Discover more on Experience CSO
Conductor James Gaffigan glad to embrace music of the Americas
For years, James Gaffigan tried to avoid being typecast as the American conductor who does American music. But now that he's in his 40s, the embraces that role. "It’s all music that I love.”
Explore more
Pianist Conrad Tao rallies a modern generation of classical music mavericks
Conrad Tao balances two careers, as a concert pianist and composer. He's committed to revitalizing classical music through his own works and others. “The time-management thing is hard,” he said, “but I write music as much as I can all the time."
Explore more
James Gaffigan, please meet Jim Gaffigan
When American conductor James Gaffigan learned of American comedian-actor Jim Gaffigan, it was cause for consternation. The maestro says, "I’m sick of people expecting me to be funny all the time."
Explore more
From Mexico, composer Silvestre Revueltas
Nearly a decade after his untimely death, Sensemayá brought Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas to international attention through a recording by Leopold Stokowski in 1947.
Explore more
Leonard Bernstein and his connection to Silvestre Revueltas
From early in his career, conductor Leonard Bernstein had a special interest in the music of Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.
Explore more
Honk if you love Gershwin taxi horns!
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has a direct connection to special instrument featured in George Gershwin's “An American in Paris”: taxi horns.
Explore more

Support your orchestra
Give today