Mahler 1
Oct 26 - Oct 28, 2023
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Mahler’s First Symphony unfolds with the elemental sounds of nature, foot-stomping folk dances and a stormy but ultimately heroic finale. Conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider opens with the symphony's original second movement, Blumine, notable for its gentle trumpet serenade. Distinguished cellist Jian Wang takes center stage for Bloch’s stirring “Hebraic Rhapsody.”

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Carl Grapentine
Thursday, October 26, 2023
7:30 PM
Friday, October 27, 2023
1:30 PM
Saturday, October 28, 2023
7:30 PM





Symphony No. 1


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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.

CSO Resound: Mahler 1

Hailed was “warmly expansive” and “beautifully played” (Chicago Tribune), Bernard Haitink leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s titanic Symphony No. 1 in this acclaimed recording on CSO Resound.

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