Symphony Ball: Muti & Kavakos

Sep 23, 2023


Celebrate the start of a new season with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Ball, an unforgettable red-carpet evening complete with a champagne toast. The “astoundingly virtuosic and blazingly insightful” (The Guardian) Leonidas Kavakos joins the CSO in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Instrumental selections from Italian operas conclude the concert, underscoring the Chicago Tribune’s assertion that “no living conductor knows more about these scores” than Riccardo Muti.

Symphony Ball raises funds for the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute, which supports children across the Chicago area through programs such as CSO for Kids concerts, training opportunities for young musicians and free community performances.

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Violin Concerto


Intermezzo from Fedora


Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut


Intermezzo from Pagliacci


Overture to Giovanna d’Arco


Preconcert Activities

Before the concert, walk the red carpet and have your photo taken by a professional photographer on Michigan Avenue, where a Civic Orchestra brass quintet will be performing. A preconcert champagne toast will take place in Grainger Ballroom, the first and second floors of the Rotunda and Orchestra Hall levels 5 & 6.

Preconcert activities begin approximately one hour before the concert.


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Always a Chicago favorite, violinist Leonidas Kavakos will appear three times at Symphony Center this season. "To be able to be able to come so many times again and again to this incredible orchestra, it’s just a privilege.”
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Overtures, choruses and intermezzos drawn from masterworks by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni and Boito are brilliantly performed by Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
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