Seong-Jin Cho Plays Beethoven

Feb 8 - Feb 10, 2024
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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.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    2 hours 10 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Daniel Schlosberg
Thursday, February 8, 2024
7:30 PM
Saturday, February 10, 2024
7:30 PM

Musica Celestis


Piano Concerto No. 3


Symphony No. 3 (Scottish)


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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.

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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.


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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