Hilary Hahn Plays Brahms

Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2023


Audience Favorite

CSO Artist-in-Residence Hilary Hahn illuminates Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with its ardent beauty and fiery finale. Mikko Franck conducts Wagner’s ecstatic Prelude to Tristan und Isolde before concluding with Sibelius’ Seventh Symphony, an awesome, “time-bending journey” (The Guardian), and the Finnish composer’s crowning symphonic achievement.


Violin Concerto


Through My Mother’s Eyes [CSO Commission] [Dec 7 & 8 Encore]

J.S. Bach

Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003, III. Andante [Dec 9 Encore]


Prelude to Tristan und Isolde


Symphony No. 7

CSO Artist-in-Residence, violin


Enhance your concert experience.

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

Postconcert CD Signing

Please join us for a postconcert CD signing with Hilary Hahn after each performance. The signings will take place in Grainger Ballroom and are open to all ticketholders. Merchandise will be available in the Symphony Store preconcert and Grainger Ballroom at intermission and postconcert.

Postconcert Dining

For the month of December, Forte will be open postconcert for two hours after most concerts. Following matinee concerts on Fridays and Sundays, Forte will serve a selection of mezze and desserts alongside the bar menu. Following evening concerts on Fridays and Saturdays, Forte will serve beverages from the bar and limited snacks. View Forte’s December hours »


The Artist in Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is made possible through a generous gift from James and Brenda Grusecki.

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

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