Two singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s renowned Ryan Opera Center are showcased in a recital that reflects on the patriotism and adversity of World War I. Before George Butterworth fought in The Great War, he wrote his Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad as an expression of his love for traditional English folksong. Ives’ powerful In Flanders Fields communicates the American composer’s sentiments about war, while composer and British army member Ivor Gurney’s Ludlow and Teme evokes the English town of his youth. Songs by some of America’s greatest Tin Pan Alley songwriters complete this program of extraordinary musical storytelling.

Tickets are free, but reservations are required.

Program

Ives He Is There!
Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
Ives In Flanders Fields
Gurney Ludlow and Teme
Henderson Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Friedman Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Fischer Peg O' My Heart
Henderson Don't Bring Lulu
Gilbert The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

Performers

Mario Rojas tenor
Christopher Kenney baritone
Shannon McGinnis piano
Dr. William Brooks guest speaker

Oct 23

When I was One-and-Twenty: a celebration of the Armistice

SCP Specials

5:30 PM Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Two singers from Lyric Opera of Chicago’s renowned Ryan Opera Center are showcased in a recital that reflects on the patriotism and adversity of World War I. Before George Butterworth fought in The Great War, he wrote his Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad as an expression of his love for traditional English folksong. Ives’ powerful In Flanders Fields communicates the American composer’s sentiments about war, while composer and British army member Ivor Gurney’s Ludlow and Teme evokes the English town of his youth. Songs by some of America’s greatest Tin Pan Alley songwriters complete this program of extraordinary musical storytelling.

5:30   Doors open for cocktail hour.
6:30   Recital begins.

Tickets are $100 and include a special cabaret-style, food and drink package. A limited number of these special package tickets are available and will be required for entry.

Program

Ives He Is There!
Butterworth Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad
Ives In Flanders Fields
Gurney Ludlow and Teme
Henderson Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
Friedman Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Fischer Peg O' My Heart
Henderson Don't Bring Lulu
Gilbert The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

Performers

Mario Rojas tenor
Christopher Kenney baritone
Shannon McGinnis piano
Dr. William Brooks guest speaker

Oct 24

“The President’s Own” United States Marine Band

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Wednesday, October 24, 2018

America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band is known for its devoted musicianship and polished performances. Don’t miss this national treasure in what promises to be an inspiring performance at Symphony Center. 

Tickets are free, limited four per household.

Tickets available to reserve September 24.

All tickets are null and void 15 minutes prior to the performance. At that time, seats will be available to those without tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. For security purposes, items larger than a purse will not be permitted.

Nov 5

Barenboim Conducts West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Monday, November 5, 2018

Founder Daniel Barenboim brings his groundbreaking ensemble of young professional musicians from the Middle East to Symphony Center to perform their “high-voltage interpretation” of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which “captures the work’s progression from darkness to light with remarkable vividness” (The Guardian).

Program

R. Strauss Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Nov 16

Soweto Gospel Choir

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Friday, November 16, 2018

The Grammy Award®-winning Soweto Gospel Choir’s vibrant and infectiously joyful voices have inspired audiences across the globe for nearly two decades. These uplifting performers have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in music, including Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder. Enjoy the incomparable power of African gospel music in a two-part performance of songs that celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth and international gospel classics, including the choir’s world-renowned interpretation of “Amazing Grace” and an unforgettable version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” With their soaring voices and rousing drumbeats, you’ll find it difficult to stay in your seat!

Performers

Nov 24

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

SCP Specials

2:00 PM Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Vienna Boys Choir brings its youthful spirit and marvelous talent to Symphony Center for a lively concert of popular folk songs, classical masterpieces and beloved holiday favorites.

To be announced.

Performers

Dec 4

A Chanticleer Christmas

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Tuesday, December 4, 2018

“The world’s reigning male chorus” (The New York Times) returns to Chicago’s beautiful Fourth Presbyterian Church for a heartwarming concert of beloved Christmas favorites. Performing music from medieval to modern, Chanticleer sings with a breathtaking clarity that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

To be announced.

Performers

Dec 5

A Chanticleer Christmas

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Wednesday, December 5, 2018

“The world’s reigning male chorus” (The New York Times) returns to Chicago’s beautiful Fourth Presbyterian Church for a heartwarming concert of beloved Christmas favorites. Performing music from medieval to modern, Chanticleer sings with a breathtaking clarity that is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

To be announced.

Performers

Dec 19

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Witness the staggering power, amazing precision and brilliant virtuosity that make the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass the best in the world. Don't miss these acclaimed musicians in their annual showcase.

This concert is presented in collaboration with the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference.

To be announced.

Feb 10

Chinese New Year Celebration

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, February 10, 2019

Join us for a celebration of the Chinese New Year featuring traditional Chinese music and instruments. This dazzling event is perfect for the whole family!

Feb 28

KODO

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Thursday, February 28, 2019

Japanese taiko-drumming troupe Kodo returns to Symphony Center for a dramatic performance full of pulsing rhythms, athletic virtuosity and stirring passion. “Indeed, if there is such a thing as perfection in music, Kodo comes as near to it as any group in the world” (The New York Times).

To be announced.

Performers

Mar 2

The Chieftains

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Saturday, March 2, 2019

Start your St. Patrick's Day celebration early at Symphony Center with the world's most popular Irish traditional music group, six-time Grammy® Award-winners The Chieftains. Celebrating 55 years together, The Chieftains continue to reinvent themselves, infusing traditional music with a refreshing modern sound.

To be announced.

Performers

The Chieftains

with Paddy Moloney and special guests

Mar 20

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The playfully irreverent Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain offers up whimsical and expertly played covers of well-known songs, from Bach to Lady Gaga and anything in between. The internationally celebrated group makes its Symphony Center debut in what promises to be an evening of “superbly tuneful fun” (The New York Times).

Apr 5

An Evening with Nils Frahm

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Friday, April 5, 2019

Berlin-based keyboardist Nils Frahm moves effortlessly between producing spare, melancholic melodies on solo piano and dense rhythms from vintage synthesizers. For his 2018 disc, All Melody, Frahm spent two years crafting the ideal recording conditions in a 1950s-era East Berlin studio, resulting in an array of richly layered soundscapes. The L.A. Times declares, “Frahm is a polymath with few peers in music today.”

To be announced.

Performers

Apr 19

Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion

SCP Specials

8:00 PM Friday, April 19, 2019

The greatest living master of the tabla and one of the architects of modern world music, Zakir Hussain returns with his international ensemble of the world’s finest percussionists. Continually pushing boundaries and exploring new and old musical traditions, this world-class group makes each of its performances an entirely unforgettable experience.

Performance Key

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  • CSO on Tour
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