Honeck Conducts Schubert 9

Nov 11

8:00 PM

Bach, Berg, Schubert

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Conductor Manfred Honeck leads the CSO in a program of valedictory masterpieces. Arabella Steinbacher, highly regarded for her "finely polished technique and a beautifully varied palette of timbres" (The New York Times), performs Berg's last composition, his deeply moving Violin Concerto written in memory of Alma Mahler's daughter. Schubert's exuberant final symphony has one of the most exhilarating finales in symphonic repertoire.

Arabella Steinbacher will sign CDs in Granger Ballroom following the concert on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Approximate concert duration: 110 minutes including intermission


Bach, Orch. Webern Ricercar No. 2 from The Musical Offering
Berg Violin Concerto
Schubert Symphony No. 9 (Great)


Preconcert conversation with Lawrence Rapchak
30 minute run-time

Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, November 11, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

German violinist Arabella Steinbacher describes the Berg Violin Concerto, which she will perform Nov. 9-11 with the CSO, as one of her favorite works in the form. “It’s very, very special and very mystical,” she said. “It’s a requiem. It’s not easy to play too often, because when you play it once, you are actually quite exhausted emotionally and physically as well." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

A regular guest on the podium of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck does double duty this season at Symphony Center. Known for his attempts at reinvigorating well-known repertoire, the Austrian-born Honeck will lead the CSO in two residencies, the first in November and the second in January. Now the music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Honeck enjoys guest-conducting in the United States because he finds the musicians here to be “extremely professional.” They show up at rehearsals fully prepared and ready to make music, he observes. Such preparation means he can quickly get beyond just getting the notes right and focus on building a meaningful interpretation. “I’m not the type of conductor who wants to see a performance where everything is together and just go home,” he said. “This is not my style." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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