Ticketholders to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Main Series concerts can enjoy complimentary preconcert conversations beginning one hour and 15 minutes before all CSO Main concerts. Civic Orchestra lectures begin 90 minutes before concert start time. Your concert ticket serves as admission. Space is limited. Seating is first-come, first-seated. Lectures last approximately 30 minutes and take place in Grainger Ballroom or on Armour Stage.

Salonen Conducts Strauss & Bartók


Preconcert conversation with Derek Matson

Thursday, March 28, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, March, 29 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Saturday, March 30, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, April 2, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage


Shostakovich 9

Preconcert conversation with Stephen Alltop

Thursday, April 4, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, April, 5, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, April 6, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage


Chopin & The Mermaid

Preconcert conversation with Stephen Alltop

Thursday, April 11, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Friday, April, 12, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, April 13, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage


Ax Plays Brahms

Preconcert conversation with Johann Buis

Thursday, April 18, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, April, 19, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, April 20, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, April 23, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage


Mahler 1

Preconcert conversation with Steven Rings

Thursday, April 25, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, April, 26, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Saturday, April 27, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage


Civic Orchestra: Prokofiev And Beethoven 7

Preconcert conversation with Laura Sauer

Tuesday, April 30, 6:30-7:00 Grainger Ballroom

Muti Conducts Pines of Rome

Preconcert conversation with William White

Thursday, May 2, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, May, 4, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, May, 7, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage


Muti, Uchida & Mozart

Preconcert conversation with Larry Rapchak

Thursday, May 9, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, May 10, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, May, 11, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom


Civic Orchestra: Strauss and Cerrone

Preconcert conversation

Sunday, May 12, 6:30-7:00 Grainger Ballroom


Hahn Plays Sibelius Violin Concerto

Preconcert conversation with Johann Buis

Thursday, May 16, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Friday, May 17, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Saturday, May 18, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage


Rodrigo Concierto De Aranjuez

Preconcert conversation with Laura Prichard

Thursday, May 23, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Friday, May 24, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, May 25, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Sunday, May 26, 1:45-2:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, May 21, 6:15-6:45 Grainger Ballroom


Stravinsky & The Joffrey Ballet

Preconcert conversation with Laura Prichard

Thursday, May 30, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, May 31, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, June 1, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom


Season Finale: Civic and the Ryan Opera Center

Preconcert conversation with Laura Sauer

Wednesday, June 5, 6:30-7:00 Grainger Ballroom


Simone Young Conducts Wagner & Brahms

Preconcert conversation with Larry Rapchak

Thursday, June 6, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Friday, June 7, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, June 8, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, June 11, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage


Muti Conducts An American in Paris & Tchaikovsky

Preconcert conversation with William White

Thursday, June 13, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, June 14, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, June 15, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage


Muti Conducts Verdi Aida

Preconcert conversation with Carl Grapentine

Friday, June 21, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Sunday, June 23, 1:45-2:15 Armour Stage
Tuesday, June 25, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage