The Inextinguishable Symphony

Dec 6

8:00 PM

Wagner, R. Strauss, Nielsen

Thursday, December 6, 2018

“Music is life, and, like life, inextinguishable” wrote Danish composer Carl Nielsen of his Fourth Symphony, written during the early years of World War I. His life-affirming composition is preceded by Strauss’ poignant Four Last Songs, which has been called “the most beautifully delivered farewell in all of music.”

Please join us in Grainger Ballroom immediately following the concert for a Q&A with the evening’s guest artists or CSO musicians. Open to all ticketholders.

Approximate concert duration: 98 minutes including intermission


Wagner Overture to Rienzi
R. Strauss Four Last Songs
Nielsen Symphony No. 4 (The Inextinguishable)



Preconcert conversation with Steven Rings
30 minute run-time

Thursday, December 6, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Friday, December 7, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, December 8, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, December 11, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

Max Raimi: While I am always in the process of composing, I make my living by playing viola in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It turns out that a century ago, another composer had a very similar arrangement. The vastly underrated Danish master Carl Nielsen spent much of his career in the second violin section of the Royal Danish Orchestra. His career and his music are both a great inspiration. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Of Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, conductor Edward Gardner declares, "It’s a piece I’m really passionate about. Nielsen is, yes, Scandinavian but [he has an] individual musical language, and this extraordinary life force that is in that piece I find completely intoxicating. That’s the centerpiece of this program, and I know this orchestra will play it extraordinarily.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The appearance of Maestro Edward Gardner is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Artistic Excellence.

The appearance of Erin Wall is made possible by The Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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