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 26

Bride of Frankenstein and Young Frankenstein

CSO Special Events

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.

Program

Waxman Bride of Frankenstein

Screening of Young Frankenstein

Nov 16

CSO at Wheaton: Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto

CSO Special Events

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.

Program

Sibelius Nocturne and Ballade from King Christian II
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1
Rachmaninov Symphony No. 1

Nov 24

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

CSO Special Events

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

 

Program

Williams The Empire Strikes Back

Nov 25

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert

CSO Special Events

3:00 PM Sunday, November 25, 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

 

Program

Williams The Empire Strikes Back

Dec 7

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

CSO Special Events

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.

Program

Williams Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Dec 8

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

CSO Special Events

2:00 PM Saturday, December 8, 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.

Program

Williams Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Dec 9

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

CSO Special Events

2:00 PM Sunday, December 9, 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.

Program

Williams Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Dec 14

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry, Merry Chicago!

CSO Special Events

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!

Recommended for children ages five years & older.

To be announced.

Performers

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Krajewski conductor
Storm Large vocalist
Young Naperville Singers choir
Angie Johnson artistic director

Dec 15

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry, Merry Chicago!

CSO Special Events

3:00 PM Saturday, December 15, 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!

Recommended for children ages five years & older.

To be announced.

Performers

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Krajewski conductor
Storm Large vocalist
Young Naperville Singers choir
Angie Johnson artistic director

Dec 16

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry, Merry Chicago!

CSO Special Events

1:00 PM Sunday, December 16, 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!

Recommended for children ages five years & older.

To be announced.

Performers

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Krajewski conductor
Storm Large vocalist
Young Naperville Singers choir
Angie Johnson artistic director

Dec 16

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry, Merry Chicago!

CSO Special Events

4:30 PM Sunday, December 16, 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!

Recommended for children ages five years & older.

To be announced.

Performers

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Krajewski conductor
Storm Large vocalist
Young Naperville Singers choir
Angie Johnson artistic director

Dec 21

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry, Merry Chicago!

CSO Special Events

7:00 PM Friday, December 21, 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!

Recommended for children ages five years & older.

To be announced.

Performers

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Krajewski conductor
Storm Large vocalist
Young Naperville Singers choir
Angie Johnson artistic director

Dec 22

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry, Merry Chicago!

CSO Special Events

3:00 PM Saturday, December 22, 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!

Recommended for children ages five years & older.

To be announced.

Performers

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Krajewski conductor
Storm Large vocalist
Young Naperville Singers choir
Angie Johnson artistic director

Dec 23

Handel Messiah

CSO Special Events

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 PERFORMANCES
Handel Messiah — December 20
Handel Messiah — December 21
Handel Messiah — December 22

Program

Handel Messiah

Performers

Dec 23

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry, Merry Chicago!

CSO Special Events

7:00 PM Sunday, December 23, 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!

Recommended for children ages five years & older.

To be announced.

Performers

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Krajewski conductor
Storm Large vocalist
Young Naperville Singers choir
Angie Johnson artistic director

Performance Key

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Civic Orchestra
  • Classic Encounter
  • CSO All-Access Chamber
  • CSO at Ravinia
  • CSO at the Movies
  • CSO Chamber at AIC
  • CSO on Tour
  • CSO School Concerts
  • CSO Special Events
  • Family Matinees
  • MusicNOW
  • Once Upon a Symphony
  • Rental Events
  • SCP Chamber
  • SCP Jazz
  • SCP Orchestras
  • SCP Piano
  • SCP Specials
  • Volunteer Events