MusicNOW: Esa-Pekka Salonen Conducts

May 21

7:00 PM

At Symphony Center

Monday, May 21, 2018

The 20th season concludes with a special concert at Symphony Center led by guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen. Karen Gomyo premieres Samuel Adams’ new work, and a newly commissioned work by Elizabeth Ogonek also receives its world premiere. Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdóttir’s , which translates to “tranquility,” is a rich, atmospheric sonic landscape. Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg, “…one of the major voices of 21st century composition” (The New York Times), is currently composer-in-residence for the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

“A first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity...” Chicago Tribune on Karen Gomyo

“Thorvaldsdóttir’s music has a natural beauty to it.” The New York Times

Please join us from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. in Grainger Ballroom for a preconcert Q&A with Sam Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek with special guests Esa-Pekka Salonen and Karen Gomyo. Open to all ticketholders.

Approximate concert duration: 100 minutes including intermission


Lindberg Related Rocks
Ogonek The Water Cantos [notes from quiet places] [World Premiere, MusicNOW Commission]
Samuel Adams Chamber Concerto [World Premiere, MusicNOW Commission]


Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Karen Gomyo violin
Samuel Adams Mead Composer-in-Residence
Elizabeth Ogonek Mead Composer-in-Residence

MusicNOW closes its 20th season with two world premieres by Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek as they finish their three-year residencies as CSO composers-in-residence. Adams has written a violin concerto and considers it "possibly my most extroverted piece of music ever." Of her Water Cantos [notes from quiet places], Ogonek said, “It grew out of experiences I had with [CSO] musicians I got to know on tour. So the piece is a series of portraits, in a way." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


Media sponsors:

Major support for MusicNOW is generously provided by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., the Irving Harris Foundation, the Sally Mead Hands Foundation, the Julian Family Foundation, The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Cindy Sargent, and the Zell Family Foundation. 

Special thanks to Helen Meyer and Meyer Sound for graciously donating sound equipment for this MusicNOW performance. 

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Richard and Mary L. Gray, with additional support from Robert J. Buford, Jim and SuAnne Lopata, Robert C. Peterson, and an Anonymous donor.