Dvořák 5 & Barber Cello Concerto

Dec 8

8:00 PM

Smetana, Barber, Dvořák

Friday, December 8, 2017

Distinguished conductor Neeme Järvi, praised by the Los Angeles Times for his “masterful, gorgeously and dramatically shaped” interpretations, returns to Symphony Center to conduct music by two Czech masters. The program begins with selections from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride and also features Dvořák’s Fifth Symphony, which pays homage to Bohemia's landscape and folk dance traditions. The extraordinary Alisa Weilerstein also performs one of her favorite works, Barber's Cello Concerto, which she describes as "a very emotional piece...with fireworks and aching lyricism."

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Approximate concert duration: 120 minutes including intermission

Program

Smetana Selections from The Bartered Bride
Barber Cello Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No. 5

Bach Bourée from Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009 [12/7 & 12/9 ENCORE]

PRECONCERT CONVERSATION INFORMATION

Preconcert conversation with Lawrence Rapchak
30 minute run-time

Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, December 8, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, December 9, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, December 12, 6:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

In recent years, the works of Samuel Barber have steadily made a comeback. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will present two of Barber's concertos this season, starting with soloist James Ehnes joining guest conductor James Gaffigan on Oct. 26-27 for a program featuring the Violin Concerto, Op. 14. On Dec. 7-9 and 12, Alisa Weilerstein will play the Cello Concerto in A Minor under guest conductor Neeme Järvi in the CSO's first performances of the work since 1952. “Barber is beginning to open up to the public now in an almost Copland-like way,” said famed conductor Leonard Slatkin, who has long championed Barber’s works. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

In recent years, CSO audiences have heard cellist Alisa Weilerstein in classical as well as contemporary repertoire. “I like variety,” she said. “I enjoy getting to wear different hats in a way. It keeps me curious and learning; one time period can influence and inform the other.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Sponsors

Global Sponsor of the CSO

These concerts are generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Dietrich M. Gross.

   

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