Muti, Dvořák New World Symphony & Copland Lincoln Portrait

Apr 14

8:00 PM

Walker, Copland, Dvořák

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Riccardo Muti presents an extraordinary celebration of music that embodies the American spirit. Distinguished Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated actor John Malkovich joins the CSO to narrate Copland's inspirational Lincoln Portrait, which uses the words of Abraham Lincoln to highlight Lincoln's life and the nation's diversity. Dvořák's New World Symphony, one his most beloved works, was influenced by the sounds of American folk music.

Approximate concert duration: 105 minutes including intermission


Walker Lyric for Strings
Copland Lincoln Portrait
Dvořák Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)


Preconcert conversation with Johann Buis
30 minute run-time

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

To mark the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln, conductor-composer Leonard Slatkin wanted to explore the works written in tribute to the 19th-century statesman widely regarded as the nation's greatest-ever president. “You’d be amazed how many pieces there are,” he said. He discovered 90 or so such works. “I was shocked, actually.” As part of a program featuring pieces by American composers or American folk-inspired music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform perhaps the most famous musical salute to our 16th president: Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (1942) in concerts April 12-17. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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