Sep 22

Symphony Ball

CSO Specials

7:00 PM Friday, September 22, 2017

The Women's Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association proudly presents a prestigious gala evening of music and celebration to open the 2017/18 season. Enjoy a festive preconcert reception, followed by Riccardo Muti leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in beloved masterpieces, including Rossini's William Tell Overture and Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty. Anne-Sophie Mutter, "the undisputed queen of violin-playing" (The Times, London), performs Mozart’s fiery Turkish Concerto.

All guests will enjoy a preconcert reception at 6:00 p.m. at Symphony Center. The preconcert reception will include drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and a photo wall on the red carpeting on Michigan Avenue.

Gala patrons will continue their evening with postconcert dinner and dancing at the Four Seasons. For more information and to purchase Gala ticket packages, please call 312-294-3185.

Program

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish)
Tchaikovsky Suite from The Sleeping Beauty

Sep 23

Muti, Tchaikovsky & Mutter

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, September 23, 2017

"Muti and Mutter together is an electric collaboration" (Chicago Classical Review). The 2017/18 season opens with acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joining Riccardo Muti and the CSO for Tchaikovsky's dazzling Violin Concerto. Krzysztof Penderecki's atmospheric The Awakening of Jacob, best known from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and Schumann's rich and emotive Second Symphony, one of his noblest works, bookend this dramatic start to the season.

Anne-Sophie Mutter will sign CDs in Granger Ballroom following the concert on Saturday, September 23.

Program

Penderecki The Awakening of Jacob
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Schumann Symphony No. 2

Bach Gigue from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin (BVW 1004) [9/23 ENCORE]
Bach Courante from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin (BVW 1004)[9/26 ENCORE]

Sep 25

Open Rehearsal with Riccardo Muti

Civic Orchestra

7:00 PM Monday, September 25, 2017

CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in an open rehearsal featuring works by Rossini and Bruckner. This event marks the beginning of the Civic Orchestra's 2017/18 season of free performances in Orchestra Hall as well as in schools and communities across Chicago.

This event is free, but tickets are required.

Limit six per household.

Program

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Bruckner Symphony No. 4 (mvt. 1)

Sep 26

Muti, Tchaikovsky & Mutter

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

7:30 PM Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Muti and Mutter together is an electric collaboration" (Chicago Classical Review). The 2017/18 season opens with acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter joining Riccardo Muti and the CSO for Tchaikovsky's dazzling Violin Concerto. Krzysztof Penderecki's atmospheric The Awakening of Jacob, best known from Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, and Schumann's rich and emotive Second Symphony, one of his noblest works, bookend this dramatic start to the season.

Anne-Sophie Mutter will sign CDs in Granger Ballroom following the concert on Saturday, September 23.

Program

Penderecki The Awakening of Jacob
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Schumann Symphony No. 2

Bach Gigue from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin (BVW 1004) [9/23 ENCORE]
Bach Courante from Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin (BVW 1004)[9/26 ENCORE]

Sep 28

Muti Conducts Bruckner 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Nobility, lyrical feeling and dramatic thrust are keys to Muti's approach to the Bruckner symphonies. The sound he elicited from one of the world's great Bruckner bands was lean and incisive" (Chicago Tribune). Riccardo Muti and the CSO continue a multi-season exploration of Bruckner's symphonies with the sunny Romantic Symphony. Also on the program is the rousing William Tell Overture and a world premiere by Mead Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek, whose music has been praised as "lush and enticingly scored" (The Arts Desk).

Program

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Ogonek All These Lighted Things [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Bruckner Symphony No. 4 (Romantic)

Sep 29

Muti Conducts Bruckner 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, September 29, 2017

"Nobility, lyrical feeling and dramatic thrust are keys to Muti's approach to the Bruckner symphonies. The sound he elicited from one of the world's great Bruckner bands was lean and incisive" (Chicago Tribune). Riccardo Muti and the CSO continue a multi-season exploration of Bruckner's symphonies with the sunny Romantic Symphony. Also on the program is the rousing William Tell Overture and a world premiere by Mead Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek, whose music has been praised as "lush and enticingly scored" (The Arts Desk).

Program

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Ogonek All These Lighted Things [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Bruckner Symphony No. 4 (Romantic)

Oct 1

Muti Conducts Bruckner 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, October 1, 2017

"Nobility, lyrical feeling and dramatic thrust are keys to Muti's approach to the Bruckner symphonies. The sound he elicited from one of the world's great Bruckner bands was lean and incisive" (Chicago Tribune). Riccardo Muti and the CSO continue a multi-season exploration of Bruckner's symphonies with the sunny Romantic Symphony. Also on the program is the rousing William Tell Overture and a world premiere by Mead Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek, whose music has been praised as "lush and enticingly scored" (The Arts Desk).

Program

Rossini Overture to William Tell
Ogonek All These Lighted Things [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Bruckner Symphony No. 4 (Romantic)

Oct 2

MusicNOW @ 20 Years

MusicNOW

7:00 PM Monday, October 2, 2017

Kicking off the 20th season, this program led by MusicNOW Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot features works by all seven former CSO Composers-in-Residence. From Clyne’s cerebral Fits + Starts to Turnage’s jazzy and energetic No Let Up, audiences will enjoy a diverse array of works from this all-star lineup of contemporary composers.

This program features a 20-minute intermission.

Panel Discussion: Where Music Meets Design
6:00 Harris Theater Lobby Level 1
Former CSO Composers-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas and Shulamit Ran present their perspectives on the influence of visual design in musical composition. John Pobojewski of Thirst Design shares his insights on the process of collaborating with the CSO to create a series of concert posters for MusicNOW, recognized by the Society for Typographic Arts as one of the best 100 pieces in 2016. CSO Scholar-in-Residence & Program Annotator Phillip Huscher will moderate the discussion. This event is open to all MusicNOW @ 20 Years ticket-holders. Beverages will be available for purchase.

Program

Clyne Fits + Starts
Ran Birkat Haderekh—Blessing for the Road
Golijov Mariel
Corigliano A Black November Turkey
Corigliano The Red Violin Caprices
Bates The Life of Birds
Thomas Carillon Sky
Turnage No Let Up

Performers

Cliff Colnot principal conductor
Baird Dodge violin
Stephanie Jeong violin
Brant Taylor cello
Samuel Adams Mead Composer-in-Residence
Elizabeth Ogonek Mead Composer-in-Residence

Oct 5

Classic Encounter Lecture

Classic Encounter

6:30 PM Thursday, October 5, 2017

Classic Encounter isn’t your typical preconcert experience!

Enjoy:

•    Light bites and unlimited drinks including cocktails provided by Belvedere and wine
•    An entertaining multimedia presentation led by WXRT Radio DJ Terri Hemmert and CSO musicians
•    A fun, casual introduction to the evening’s concert repertoire with ties to popular music
•    A perfect date night, outing with friends, or transition into the weekend, Classic Encounter is where classical music comes to party!


Add on to your concert ticket for just $20!

Order online or call 312-294-3000.

Performers

Terri Hemmert guest speaker
Oto Carrillo horn

Oct 5

Sacred Masterworks by Poulenc & Gounod

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, October 5, 2017

French conductor Alain Altinoglu leads a program of richly scored works, including Poulenc’s joyfully devotional Gloria. The power of Gounod’s Saint Cecilia Mass is best described by his contemporary Saint-Saëns: “This simplicity, this grandeur, this serene light which rose before the musical world like a breaking dawn…at first one was dazzled, then charmed, then conquered.”

Program

Prokofiev Suite from The Love for Three Oranges
Poulenc Gloria
Gounod Saint Cecilia Mass

Oct 6

Sacred Masterworks by Poulenc & Gounod

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

1:30 PM Friday, October 6, 2017

French conductor Alain Altinoglu leads a program of richly scored works, including Poulenc’s joyfully devotional Gloria. The power of Gounod’s Saint Cecilia Mass is best described by his contemporary Saint-Saëns: “This simplicity, this grandeur, this serene light which rose before the musical world like a breaking dawn…at first one was dazzled, then charmed, then conquered.”

Program

Prokofiev Suite from The Love for Three Oranges
Poulenc Gloria
Gounod Saint Cecilia Mass

Oct 7

Sacred Masterworks by Poulenc & Gounod

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, October 7, 2017

French conductor Alain Altinoglu leads a program of richly scored works, including Poulenc’s joyfully devotional Gloria. The power of Gounod’s Saint Cecilia Mass is best described by his contemporary Saint-Saëns: “This simplicity, this grandeur, this serene light which rose before the musical world like a breaking dawn…at first one was dazzled, then charmed, then conquered.”

Program

Prokofiev Suite from The Love for Three Oranges
Poulenc Gloria
Gounod Saint Cecilia Mass

Oct 8

Louis Lortie

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, October 8, 2017

A renowned champion of the vibrant works of Franz Liszt, Louis Lortie opens the 2017/18 Symphony Center Piano season with the first two suites from the composer's Années de pèlerinage. Drawing heavily on the influence of Romantic art and literature, as well as nature, these are some of Liszt's finest and most quintessential compositions. "Lortie's credentials for taking on this greatest of musical pilgrimages are self-evident from the start…delivered with epic sweep and grandeur, wonderfully shimmering tremolos, and a huge tonal range" (BBC Music Magazine).

Program

Liszt Années de pèlerinage, First Year, Switzerland
Liszt Années de pèlerinage, Second Year, Italy

Liszt Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este from Années de pèlerinage, Third Year [ENCORE]

Performers

Oct 9

Civic Fellows Chamber Concert

Civic Orchestra

7:00 PM Monday, October 9, 2017

Join the fellows of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for their debut chamber concert in Buntrock Hall on Monday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. Free tickets are required.

Program

Schubert String Quintet in C Major, D. 956
Poulenc Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet, Op. 100
Stravinsky Suite from L’Histoire du Soldat

Oct 10

New Worlds: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends

SCP Specials

7:30 PM Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Legendary actor and Wilmette native Bill Murray teams up with acclaimed German cellist Jan Vogler to present a spirited evening of music and literature. In this rare live appearance, Murray brings his irresistible charm and wit to the readings of classic American poetry and prose including works by Hemingway, Twain and Thurber, alongside musical selections by Bach, Bernstein, Gershwin and more.

Performers

Bill Murray actor and vocals
Jan Vogler cello
Mira Wang violin
Vanessa Perez piano

Oct 10

Pizza & Beer with Bill Murray: A VIP Experience

SCP Specials

10:00 PM Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Meet Bill Murray after the concert! Enjoy a special VIP experience that includes pizza, beer and the opportunity to take a photo with the legendary actor. Proceeds from this event will support the many programs of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. Tickets are limited!

These VIP tickets are only available to patrons attending the New Worlds, Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends concert.

Note the $150 VIP event price does NOT include a ticket to the 7:30 p.m. concert.

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