Sep 20

Concert for Chicago

CSO Specials

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.

Program

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Verdi The Four Seasons from I vespri siciliani
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Sep 21

Muti Conducts Shostakovich Babi Yar

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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.

Program

Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)

Sep 22

Muti Conducts Shostakovich Babi Yar

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, September 22, 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.

Program

Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)

Sep 25

Muti Conducts Shostakovich Babi Yar

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, September 25, 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.

Program

Prokofiev Sinfonietta
Shostakovich Symphony No. 13 (Babi Yar)

Sep 27

Muti Conducts Sheherazade

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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."

Program

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade

Sep 28

Muti Conducts Sheherazade

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, September 28, 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."

Program

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade

Sep 29

Muti Conducts Sheherazade

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, September 29, 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."

Program

Mozart Overture to Don Giovanni
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Rimsky-Korsakov Sheherazade

Oct 4

Muti Conducts Beethoven & Brahms

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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.

Program

Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Hindemith Symphony, Mathis der Maler

Oct 5

Muti Conducts Beethoven & Brahms

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, October 5, 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.

Program

Beethoven Overture to Egmont
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Brahms Hungarian Dances
Hindemith Symphony, Mathis der Maler

Oct 6

Symphony Ball

CSO Specials

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 6:00pm 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.

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 7

Jerusalem Quartet with Pinchas Zukerman & Amanda Forsyth

SCP Chamber

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.

Program

R. Strauss String Sextet from Capriccio
Schoenberg Transfigured Night
Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence

Performers

Oct 11

Mahler 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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.

Oct 12

Mahler 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, October 12, 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.

Oct 13

Mahler 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, October 13, 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.

Oct 14

Mahler 3

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, October 14, 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.

Oct 18

Trifonov Plays Prokofiev

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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.

Program

Mantovani Threnos [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
Bridge Lament
Copland Symphony No. 3

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