Stravinsky & The Joffrey Ballet

May 30

8:00 PM

Rossini, Ravel, Stravinsky

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Joffrey Ballet bring to life neo-classical works by Stravinsky. This electrifying collaboration includes a world premiere ballet set to the Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, a work inspired by J.S. Bach's Brandenburg concertos, and the ballet Commedia by internationally acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, set to Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite.

Program

Rossini Overture to Il barbiere di Siviglia
Ravel Mother Goose
Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks Concerto
  Bliss! (World Premiere Commission) by Stephanie Martinez
Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Stravinsky Suite from Pulcinella
   Commedia© by Christopher Wheeldon

Performers

Matthias Pintscher conductor
The Joffrey Ballet
Ashley Wheater The Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director

PRECONCERT CONVERSATION

Preconcert conversation with Laura Prichard
30 minute run-time

Thursday, May 30, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Friday, May 31, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, June 1, 6:45-7:15 Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Of her world-premiere work Bliss!, set to Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, choreographer Stephanie Martinez says, “I’m really excited. This is my hometown. I live here. I grew up dancing here. So having the opportunity to work with these dancers and see my vision come into fruition and having it be in the repertoire and go on tour — it’s pretty incredible.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Like Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez and Gustav Mahler in the past and Esa-Pekka Salonen today, Matthias Pintscher faces the joy and challenge of juggling careers as both an internationally known composer and conductor. “It’s a wonderful thing,” he said. “It’s a huge advantage or privilege to be working in several capacities, because they are so clearly informing each other mutually. But it’s a huge struggle, because all the composers of the present and the past have struggled with trying to keep the two disciplines somewhat balanced, which is never achievable.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Sponsors

Global Sponsor of the CSO

Official Airline of the CSO

These performances are generously sponsored by the Walter E. Heller Foundation, in honor of Alyce DeCosta, Allstate Insurance Company, Megan and Steve Shebik, William and Elisabeth Adams, and John and Dora Aalbregtse. Additional support is provided by Joyce Chelberg. 

The production of Bliss! is generously supported by Shea Family Foundation in loving memory of Joanne Sevcik Shea. 

Additional support provided by Elizabeth Yntema in honor of women in leadership in dance.

This program is supported in part by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council Agency.