Seong-Jin Cho Plays Beethoven

Feb 8 - Feb 10, 2024


Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto is a landmark of his dark and restless middle period, here featuring Seong-Jin Cho, whose 2018 Chicago debut offered “about as thrilling a display of sheer powerhouse keyboard bravura as one is ever likely to encounter” (Chicago Classical Review). Gemma New conducts the program, which closes with Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, evoking highland mists, warring clans and long-lost folk dances.


Musica Celestis


Piano Concerto No. 3


II. Adagio cantabile from Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor “Pathetique", Op. 13 [Feb. 8 Encore]

Seong-Jin Cho piano


III. Vivace molto, innocentemente from Piano Sonata in E Minor, H. XVI No. 34 [Feb. 10 Encore]

Seong-Jin Cho piano


Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)


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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 »

Classic Encounter

Terri Hemmert

Thursday, February 8: Pre-concert multimedia discussion hosted by Chicago’s favorite radio DJ, WXRT’s Terri Hemmert, with co-host John Bruce Yeh, CSO Assistant Principal Clarinet and E-flat Clarinet.

You will have the opportunity to add Classic Encounter to your order after selecting your seats for the concert.

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Preconcert Conversation

Explore the music in a free preconcert conversation featuring Daniel Schlosberg 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 Seong-Jin Cho on Thursday, February 8. This signing will take place in Grainger Ballroom and is open to all ticket holders. Merchandise will be available at the Symphony Store preconcert and Grainger Ballroom at intermission and postconcert.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Korean Cultural Center of Chicago at 6:00 in Grainger Ballroom on Saturday, February 10. Learn about the Charye and Sebea Lunar New Year traditions, hear traditional Korean instruments and more! Event is free and open to all concert ticket holders. No additional tickets needed for entry.

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Sponsors and Event Partners

These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.

The appearance of Seong-Jin Cho is made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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