The Planets
Nov 2 - Nov 7, 2023
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Daniel Harding leads Holst’s The Planets, the interstellar orchestral suite that has inspired generations of sci-fi film composers. Experience the ferocity of “Mars,” the golden song of “Jupiter,” the eerie calm of “Saturn” and the haunting off-stage vocals of the ethereal “Neptune.” The full Chicago Symphony Chorus delights in Brahms’ radiant Schicksalslied (“Song of Destiny”).

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Laura Sauer-Shah
Thursday, November 2, 2023
7:30 PM
Friday, November 3, 2023
7:30 PM
Saturday, November 4, 2023
7:30 PM
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
7:30 PM

Overture to Manfred




The Planets


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Preconcert Dining

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Preconcert Conversation

Explore the music in a free preconcert conversation featuring Laura Sauer-Shah in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.


These concerts are endowed in part by the League of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus has been made possible by a generous gift from The Grainger Foundation.

Daniel Harding Conducts The Planets

Following a near-30-year hiatus, conductor Daniel Harding brought The Planets back to Munich’s Hercules Hall for critically acclaimed performances with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, captured here on this new release from BR Klassik. Available for a limited time at the Symphony Store.

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