Sep 21

Muti Conducts Shostakovich Babi Yar

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, September 21, 2018

"If one function of art is to make us ponder difficult questions, there could not be a more potent example than Shostakovich's 13th" (The Guardian). Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti opens a season of reflection with Shostakovich's gripping setting of poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko condemning anti-Semitism and the barbarous acts that took place near Kiev in September 1941.

Program

Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)

Sep 22

Muti Conducts Shostakovich Babi Yar

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, September 22, 2018

"If one function of art is to make us ponder difficult questions, there could not be a more potent example than Shostakovich's 13th" (The Guardian). Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti opens a season of reflection with Shostakovich's gripping setting of poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko condemning anti-Semitism and the barbarous acts that took place near Kiev in September 1941.

Program

Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)

Sep 24

ID: Images of Diversity

Rental Events

7:30 PM Monday, September 24, 2018

The art, culture, and traditions of those who sought to find that opportunity in this country are the very threads that make the shape its identity today. This concert showcases the immigrant experience through the epic work entitled Ellis Island: The Dream of America that features seven actors, video, and a beautiful score created by Peter Boyer.

For more information on ticket prices and discounts, please contact the Chicago Sinfonietta Box Office at boxoffice@chicagosinfonietta.org or by calling 312-284-1554.

Plus! Join us pre-show and during intermission for BRIDGE — our audience engagement program sponsored by Macy’s! Learn more about the amazing organizations supporting Chicagoland immigrant and refugee communities, including Latinos Progresando, World Relief, and more! Plus, capture memories with Fotio and celebrate your own identity with our #HowDoYouID social media challenge!

BRIDGE takes place in Grainger Ballroom.

Program

Verdi Overture to Nabucco
Copland Variations on a Shaker Melody
Marquez Danzón No. 2
Johnson “Drums” - A Symphonic Poem
Boyer Ellis Island: The Dream of America

Performers

Chicago Sinfonietta
Mei-Ann Chen conductor
Steep Theatre Company

Sep 25

Muti Conducts Shostakovich Babi Yar

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"If one function of art is to make us ponder difficult questions, there could not be a more potent example than Shostakovich's 13th" (The Guardian). Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti opens a season of reflection with Shostakovich's gripping setting of poetry by Yevgeny Yevtushenko condemning anti-Semitism and the barbarous acts that took place near Kiev in September 1941.

Program

Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)

Sep 27

Muti Conducts Sheherazade

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, September 27, 2018

Riccardo Muti leads two of Mozart's most popular works, followed by Rimsky-Korsakov's mesmerizing tone poem inspired by The Arabian Nights. Experience an evening of dramatic masterpieces, filled with vivid orchestral color and memorable themes that highlight Maestro Muti’s assertion that "the essence of our spirit is melody."

Program

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade

Sep 28

Muti Conducts Sheherazade

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, September 28, 2018

Riccardo Muti leads two of Mozart's most popular works, followed by Rimsky-Korsakov's mesmerizing tone poem inspired by The Arabian Nights. Experience an evening of dramatic masterpieces, filled with vivid orchestral color and memorable themes that highlight Maestro Muti’s assertion that "the essence of our spirit is melody."

Program

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade

Sep 29

Muti Conducts Sheherazade

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, September 29, 2018

Riccardo Muti leads two of Mozart's most popular works, followed by Rimsky-Korsakov's mesmerizing tone poem inspired by The Arabian Nights. Experience an evening of dramatic masterpieces, filled with vivid orchestral color and memorable themes that highlight Maestro Muti’s assertion that "the essence of our spirit is melody."

Program

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade

Sep 30

Art Institute Chamber Series: Challenging Conventions

CSO Chamber at AIC

2:00 PM Sunday, September 30, 2018

Innovation meets the unexpected in an afternoon featuring dazzling music and art. Works by Dvořák and Bottesini highlight fresh and unusual instrumentations, while Seed’s Tangoesque journeys through playful genre combinations. Schnittke’s vulnerable and haunting Piano Quintet is a deeply personal emblem of the composer’s life experiences. After the concert, a gallery tour explores the Hairy Who, a self-named group of six artists whose late 1960s art uses personal symbolism and popular culture imagery to comment on society’s notions of identity, social mores and more.

Single tickets on sale September 14. Subscribe to the AIC Chamber Series

Program

Dvořák Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74
Bottesini Gran Duo Concertante for Violin, Bass and Piano
Schnittke Piano Quintet
Seed Tangoesque for Quintet
Miller/Armstrong Hurdy-gurdy Dances for Quintet

Performers

Cinco

Cornelius Chiu violin
Hermine Gagné violin
Youming Chen viola
Daniel Katz cello
Daniel Armstrong double bass
Inah Chiu piano

Oct 1

Civic Orchestra Brass

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Monday, October 1, 2018

The Civic Orchestra brass and percussion take center stage for this epic performance of Richard Wagner’s magnum opus, The Ring, arranged for brass, percussion and organ by San Francisco Symphony Principal Trombone Civic alum Tim Higgins, and conducted by CSO Principal Trombone and Civic alum Jay Friedman.

Program

Wagner (arr. Higgins) The Ring for Brass, Percussion and Organ

Performers

Civic Orchectra Brass
Jay Friedman conductor

Oct 4

Muti Conducts Beethoven & Brahms

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, October 4, 2018

Brahms' lively Hungarian Dances are paired with Hindemith's symphony Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter), a work that explores the role of an artist in society. David Fray performs Beethoven's dramatic Third Piano Concerto.

Program

Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Hindemith Symphony, Mathis der Maler

Oct 5

Muti Conducts Beethoven & Brahms

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, October 5, 2018

Brahms' lively Hungarian Dances are paired with Hindemith's symphony Mathis der Maler (Matthias the Painter), a work that explores the role of an artist in society. David Fray performs Beethoven's dramatic Third Piano Concerto.

Program

Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Hindemith Symphony, Mathis der Maler

Oct 5

Civic Orchestra Fellows Chamber Concert

Civic Orchestra

7:00 PM Friday, October 5, 2018

Join the Civic Orchestra Fellows for their inaugural chamber concert of the 2018/19 season! Schubert’s masterful Octet is joined by works by Britten and Ewazen. Free tickets are required.

Program

Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2
Ewazen “Pastorale” for Trumpet, Bass Trombone and Piano
Schubert Octet in F Major, D. 803

Oct 6

Symphony Ball

CSO Special Events

7:00 PM Saturday, October 6, 2018

Riccardo Muti leads an evening of Austro-German and Italian splendor at the CSO's annual Symphony Ball concert, featuring beloved Strauss waltzes and Mozart’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 24 with David Fray. “Fray is poetry on the keyboard” (Chicago Tribune).

A festive preconcert reception is open to all ticketholders at 6:00 p.m. at Symphony Center. The preconcert reception will include drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and other festivities.   

Patrons purchasing Symphony Ball gala ticket packages will continue their evening with a postconcert dinner and dancing in the Grand Ballroom at the Palmer House.

Purchase Gala Ticket Packages

For more information, please call 312-294-3185 or send us a message with this form.

Program

Brahms Hungarian Dances
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 24
Puccini Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Josef Strauss Sphärenklänge (Music of the Spheres) Waltz
Johann Strauss, Jr. Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South) Waltz

Oct 7

Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zukerman & Amanda Forsyth

SCP Chamber

3:00 PM Sunday, October 7, 2018

Praised by the New York Times as “astonishing, with an extraordinary unity of sound and purpose,” the Jerusalem Quartet partners with husband-and-wife duo Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth for a program of lush, late romantic works. Strauss’ Sextet is a richly textured recreation of baroque chamber music from the beginning of his final opera, Capriccio. Transfigured Night reflects Schoenberg’s creative shift from the influence of Brahms to Wagner. Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence is a melody-laden showcase for string sextet.

Program

R. Strauss String Sextet from Capriccio
Schoenberg Transfigured Night
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence

Performers

Oct 11

Mahler 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, October 11, 2018

Andrés Orozco-Estrada returns to lead Mahler’s monumental Third Symphony. Opening with one of the most original and daring movements in symphonic history, Mahler’s ode to the vastness of nature is filled with ambitious ideas that coalesce into a staggeringly beautiful climax.

Oct 12

Mahler 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, October 12, 2018

Andrés Orozco-Estrada returns to lead Mahler’s monumental Third Symphony. Opening with one of the most original and daring movements in symphonic history, Mahler’s ode to the vastness of nature is filled with ambitious ideas that coalesce into a staggeringly beautiful climax.

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