Sheku Kanneh-Mason Plays Elgar

Feb 15-18, 2024
Sheku Kanneh-Mason


Sheku Kanneh-Mason, hailed by The New Yorker as “a cellist of blazing sensitivity,” makes his CSO debut in Elgar’s rhapsodic Cello Concerto. Paavo Järvi conducts Nielsen’s Fifth Symphony, a visceral, dramatic work exploring humanity’s potential for conflict, born in the aftermath of World War I. Beethoven’s jubilant hymn to liberty opens the program.


Leonore Overture No. 3


Cello Concerto


Melody [Feb. 15 Encore]

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello

Marley (arr. Kanneh-Mason)

She Used to Call Me Dada

[Feb. 17 Encore]

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello


Prelude III [Feb. 18 Encore]

Sheku Kanneh-Mason cello


Symphony No. 5


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

CSO African American Network

On Thursday, February 15 the CSO African American Network will host a postconcert reception following the concert. Tickets required for entry. Learn more about the event here »

Postconcert CD Signing

Please join us for a postconcert CD signing with Sheku Kanneh-Mason on Saturday, February 17. 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.

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Sponsors and Event Partners

The appearance of Sheku Kanneh-Mason is made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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