Barenboim Conducts Smetana Má vlast

Nov 3

8:00 PM


Saturday, November 3, 2018

Daniel Barenboim makes his highly anticipated return to the Orchestra Hall podium. He conducts Smetana’s landmark set of six symphonic poems that weave a rich tapestry celebrating the composer’s native Bohemia.

Approximate concert duration: 77 minutes with no intermission


Smetana Má vlast


Preconcert conversation with John Novak
30 minute run-time

Thursday, November 1, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, November 2, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, November 3, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

When Daniel Barenboim left Chicago as music director in 2006 he didn’t expect to return. “When it finished, I thought it was finished,” he said. “Don’t forget, I conducted the Chicago Symphony for [almost] 36 consecutive seasons.” But then Riccardo Muti, the CSO’s music director since 2010, made him an irresistible offer: “When Riccardo Muti insisted that I come, I accepted with the greatest of pleasure." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

In the 12 years since Daniel Barenboim stepped down as music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, many milestones have rolled by: the ensemble's 125th anniversary, the rise of the digital era and the primacy of YouTube (more on that later) — and the Cubs' long-awaited victory in the 2016 World Series. What has never changed, however, is the deep affection and admiration that Barenboim feels for the CSO. Those emotions were immediately evident during a press conference Oct. 29 at Symphony Center, ahead of the maestro's first CSO appearances since his departure in 2006. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.