CANCELED: Mahler 1

Apr 25

8:00 PM

Elgar, Mahler

Thursday, April 25, 2019

We regret that the April 25-27 CSO concerts, and all events associated with these concerts, have been canceled due to the strike by CSO musicians. Patrons holding tickets to these canceled concerts are able to exchange their tickets for upcoming Symphony Center performances, may donate their tickets to the CSO, or may receive a refund. Ticket holders are asked to contact Patron Services at 312-294-3000 or by email, mentioning your patron ID, concert date, and request. In addition, will have the most up-to-date information and updates for patrons about the status of future concerts.


Mahler’s transcendent First Symphony set the stage for the modern symphony. Hear this groundbreaking composition performed by "one of the world's great Mahler orchestras" (Chicago Tribune). Gautier Capuçon, a performer with “virtuosity to burn” (Chicago Tribune), returns for Elgar’s sweeping final work, the much-loved Cello Concerto.


Elgar Cello Concerto
Mahler Symphony No. 1


Preconcert conversation with Steven Rings
30 minute run-time

Thursday, April 25, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, April, 26, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage
Saturday, April 27, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

French cellist Gautier Capuçon will join Danish guest conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto, one of the most famous and often-played works for the combination. Although the cellist has performed chamber music with Szeps-Znaider, who is also a well-regarded violinist, this will mark Capuçon’s first time working with him as a conductor. “This piece is so lyrical and so dramatic,” Capuçon said. “It’s all about singing and feeling and fire. It’s absolutely wonderfully written for the cello.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

International soloists Lisa Batiashvili, cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet all happen to be friends. But they also share at least two other ties. First, all three are scheduled to appear in April at Symphony Center. Second, the three teamed up last year to perform together as a piano trio. When you have the possibility to play incredible music with great friends onstage, this is just pure luxury," Capuçon said. "There is nothing better than that.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

When a certain Danish-Israeli conductor-violinist last appeared at Symphony Center, he was known as Nikolaj Znaider. In December, he announced that he would revert to the use of his full name, Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. In an open letter, the conductor, explained his rationale. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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The appearance of Gautier Capuçon is made possible by the Juli Plant Grainger Fund for Excellence.

The appearance of Gautier Capuçon is made possible by The Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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