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.
Prokofiev SinfoniettaShostakovich Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti conductor
Alexey Tikhomirov bassMen of the Chicago Symphony ChorusDuain Wolfe chorus director
8:00 PM Saturday, September 22, 2018
7:30 PM Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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."
Mozart Overture to Don GiovanniMozart Symphony No. 40Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade
8:00 PM Friday, September 28, 2018
8:00 PM Saturday, September 29, 2018
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.
Beethoven Overture to EgmontBeethoven Piano Concerto No. 3Brahms Hungarian DancesHindemith Symphony, Mathis der Maler
David Fray piano
1:30 PM Friday, October 5, 2018
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.
Mahler Symphony No. 3
Andrés Orozco-Estrada conductorKelley O'Connor mezzo-sopranoWomen of the Chicago Symphony Chorus Duain Wolfe chorus directorAnima Young Singers of Greater ChicagoCharles Sundquist director
1:30 PM Friday, October 12, 2018
8:00 PM Saturday, October 13, 2018
3:00 PM Sunday, October 14, 2018
8:00 PM Thursday, October 18, 2018
A Time for Reflection: A concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I
As part of a series of events honoring the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, this concert features works that encourage reflection and inspire hope. Included on the program is the world premiere of Threnos by Bruno Mantovani, Prokofiev’s haunting Third Piano Concerto—performed by Russian superstar Daniil Trifonov—and Copland’s Third Symphony, with its poignant use of the Fanfare for the Common Man theme.
A free lecture, open to all ticketholders, by the foremost scholar on the Star Spangled Banner Mark Clague and Phillip Huscher, will precede the concert.
Mantovani Threnos [World Premiere, CSO Commission]Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3Bridge LamentCopland Symphony No. 3
Marin Alsop conductorDaniil Trifonov pianoBruno Mantovani composer
1:30 PM Friday, October 19, 2018
8:00 PM Saturday, October 20, 2018
8:00 PM Thursday, October 25, 2018
“There could be no more impressive demonstration of modern orchestral virtuosity at its committed best than the pairing of Haitink and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra” (Chicago Tribune). Former principal conductor Bernard Haitink, renowned for his transformative interpretations of symphonic masterworks with the CSO, returns to lead Bruckner’s rich, kaleidoscopic Sixth Symphony. He is joined by Paul Lewis, “a defining interpreter of Beethoven” (Chicago Tribune), to perform the composer's triumphant Second Piano Concerto.
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2Bruckner Symphony No. 6
Bernard Haitink conductorPaul Lewis piano