8:30 PM Friday, September 7, 2018
Punch Brothers, an acoustic quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher, makes its Symphony Center debut. The group's latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, produced by T Bone Burnett, offers the band's warmest, most emotive and elegantly melodic work to date. Says the Washington Post, "With enthusiasm and experimentation, Punch Brothers take bluegrass to its next evolutionary stage, drawing equal inspiration from the brain and the heart." Singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham opens the concert with a solo performance.
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.
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 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
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. For more information and to purchase Gala ticket packages, please call 312-294-3185 or send us a message with this form.
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
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 Chicago
1:30 PM Friday, October 12, 2018
8:00 PM Friday, October 12, 2018
Ahmad Jamal’s prolific career has spanned seven decades since his landmark album At the Pershing: But Not for Me—recorded at the Pershing Hotel in Chicago—attracted the attention of Miles Davis and launched him to international fame. Jamal’s sound continues to evolve on his funky and spacious latest album, Marseille.
Azerbaijani pianist Shahin Novrasli opens with a solo performance that blends his country’s traditional mugham folk music with a host of jazz and baroque influences.
To be announced from stage.
Ahmad Jamal pianoShahin Novrasli piano
8:00 PM Saturday, October 13, 2018