8:30 PM Friday, September 7, 2018
Making their Symphony Center debut, Punch Brothers—an acoustic quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher—released their fifth studio album, All Ashore, on July 20. “With enthusiasm and experimentation, Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart” (Washington Post). Singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham opens the concert with a solo performance.
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Punch BrothersMadison Cunningham special guest
6:30 PM Thursday, September 20, 2018
Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra celebrate the start of the season with a FREE concert in Millennium Park. Enjoy an evening under the stars as the CSO performs some of the most popular classical music of all time side by side with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, which celebrates its 100th season in 2018/19.
**This concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to new Millennium Park security policies, gates to the park grounds will not open until 5:30 p.m. A bag check will be in place. Click here for more information.
Rossini Overture to William TellVerdi The Four Seasons from I vespri sicilianiTchaikovsky 1812 Overture
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Civic Orchestra of ChicagoRiccardo Muti conductor
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)
Riccardo Muti conductor
Alexey Tikhomirov bassMen of the Chicago Symphony ChorusDuain Wolfe chorus director
8:00 PM Saturday, September 22, 2018
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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
Chicago SinfoniettaMei-Ann Chen conductorSteep Theatre Company
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
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.
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Dvořák Terzetto in C Major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74Bottesini Gran Duo Concertante for Violin, Bass and PianoSchnittke Piano QuintetSeed Tangoesque for QuintetMiller/Armstrong Hurdy-gurdy Dances for Quintet
CincoCornelius Chiu violinHermine Gagné violinYouming Chen violaDaniel Katz celloDaniel Armstrong double bassInah Chiu piano
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.
Wagner (arr. Higgins) The Ring for Brass, Percussion and Organ
Civic Orchectra BrassJay Friedman conductor
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
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.
Britten Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2Ewazen “Pastorale” for Trumpet, Bass Trombone and PianoSchubert Octet in F Major, D. 803
Civic Orchestra Fellows
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
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.
R. Strauss String Sextet from CapriccioSchoenberg Transfigured NightTchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence
Jerusalem Quartet with
Pinchas Zukerman violin and violaAmanda Forsyth cello