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.
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Brahms Hungarian DancesMozart Piano Concerto No. 24Puccini Intermezzo from Manon LescautJosef Strauss Sphärenklänge (Music of the Spheres) WaltzJohann Strauss, Jr. Rosen aus dem Süden (Roses from the South) Waltz
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor
David Fray piano
7:30 PM Friday, October 26, 2018
“She’s alive!!!” Enjoy a spine-chilling Halloween weekend with a concert featuring a screening of James Whale’s classic 1935 horror film Bride of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester. With Franz Waxman’s quirky and suspenseful score played live by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the evening is sure to be, as the Bride herself stated, “a perfect night for mystery and horror.”
Stay after Bride of Frankenstein for a bonus showing of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, named one of the funniest American movies of all time by the American Film Institute.
Waxman Bride of Frankenstein
Screening of Young Frankenstein
Emil de Cou conductor
7:30 PM Friday, November 16, 2018
Danish conductor Thomas Søndergård leads the CSO in a program that pairs two Russian masterpieces: Rachmaninov's powerful First Symphony, imbued with heroism and pathos, and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Alexander Gavrylyuk, a pianist who "enchants with his incredible virtuosity and thought-provoking playing" (De Telegraaf), makes his CSO debut with this monumental work.
Sibelius Nocturne and Ballade from King Christian IITchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1Rachmaninov Symphony No. 1
Thomas Søndergård conductorAlexander Gavrylyuk piano
7:30 PM Saturday, November 24, 2018
The saga continues at Symphony Center with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped—with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss one of the most popular science fiction films of all time shown on the big screen with John Williams’ unforgettable score—from the brassy and foreboding Imperial March to the noble Yoda’s Theme—performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner /Chappell Music. © 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY
RELATED PERFORMANCES CSO at the Movies: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert - November 23
Williams The Empire Strikes Back
Richard Kaufman conductor
3:00 PM Sunday, November 25, 2018
7:00 PM Friday, December 7, 2018
Cars fly, trees fight back, and monsters are on the loose in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! This concert features the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition, on a giant screen, while members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams’ unforgettable score. Relive every magical moment as the music brings life to a story that has enchanted the world.
HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. J.K. ROWLING`S WIZARDING WORLD™ J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)
Recommended for children ages five years & older.
Williams Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Members of the Chicago Symphony OrchestraJustin Freer conductor
2:00 PM Saturday, December 8, 2018
2:00 PM Sunday, December 9, 2018
7:00 PM Friday, December 14, 2018
Don’t miss Symphony Center’s annual holiday spectacular featuring Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and guest vocalist Storm Large performing festive favorites. It’s the perfect celebration for the entire family!
To be announced.
Members of the Chicago Symphony OrchestraMichael Krajewski conductorStorm Large vocalistYoung Naperville Singers choir Angie Johnson artistic director
3:00 PM Saturday, December 15, 2018
1:00 PM Sunday, December 16, 2018
4:30 PM Sunday, December 16, 2018
7:00 PM Friday, December 21, 2018
3:00 PM Saturday, December 22, 2018
2:00 PM Sunday, December 23, 2018
Since its premiere in 1741, Handel’s Messiah has brought audiences to their feet with its triumphant choruses and dazzling arias. Witness this glorious oratorio—performed by the combined forces of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and an exceptional cast of soloists—as part of a stirring holiday celebration.
RELATED PERFORMANCESHandel Messiah — December 20Handel Messiah — December 21Handel Messiah — December 22
Matthew Halls conductorAmanda Forsythe sopranoSasha Cooke mezzo-sopranoNicholas Phan tenorJoshua Hopkins baritoneChicago Symphony Chorus Duain Wolfe chorus director
7:00 PM Sunday, December 23, 2018