Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony

May 11

8:00 PM

Brahms, Schumann, Saint-Saëns

Friday, May 11, 2018

Emmanuel Krivine leads the CSO in the shimmering and majestic Organ Symphony. After completing his third and final symphony, Saint-Saëns declared: "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again." Also on the program is Brahms’ turbulent Tragic Overture and Schumann's heart-wrenching Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust, an artist of "disarming warmth and sweetness who can unveil hidden strains of lyricism" (The New York Times).

Please join us in Grainger Ballroom immediately following the concert for a Q&A with the evening’s guest artists or CSO musicians. Open to all ticketholders.

Approximate concert duration: 110 minutes including intermission


Brahms Tragic Overture
Schumann Violin Concerto
Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3 (Organ)


Faust – Bach Largo from Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
Jacobs – Bach Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543

Faust – Guillemain Amusement pour le violon seul, Op. 18
Jacobs – Bach Fugue in D Major, BWV 532

Faust – Bach Sarabande from Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Jacobs – Bach Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543


Preconcert conversation with Lawrence Rapchak
30 minute run-time

Friday, May 11, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, May 12, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Forget flash and fireworks, Isabelle Faust is a very different kind of international soloist. The well-respected German violinist, who will make her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 11, 12 and 15, got her start in the world of chamber music. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Though French-born Emmanuel Krivine is a relative newcomer to U.S. podiums, he believes "America is the paradise of orchestras. I advise young conductors or students to go as early as possible [to the United States], because American orchestras have certain common qualities: an open spirit, a strong sense of responsibility when it comes to the "collective personality," a level of preparation at the first rehearsals, the involvement and focus of the musicians and the pride of playing together as a group.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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These violin concerto performances have been enabled by the Paul Ricker Judy Fund.