Stravinsky & The Joffrey Ballet

Jun 1

8:00 PM

Rossini, Ravel, Stravinsky

Saturday, June 1, 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.


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 infant défunte
Stravinsky Suite from Pulcinella
   Commedia© by Christopher Wheeldon


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


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

For music scholar Maureen Carr, there is no doubt: Igor Stravinsky is the most important composer of the 20th century. The distinguished professor of music at the Penn State School of Music, Carr sees the Russian composer as a daring innovator who pushed the avant-garde with the earthy polyrhythms of The Rite of Spring (1913) and then veered in a seemingly unlikely direction, finding the new in the old with neo-classicism. Unlike some composers whose fame rests on just few works, Stravinsky managed to sustain his extraordinary creativity for more than 60 years: "He has a thumbprint that he imposes on all of his works, where the minute you hear it, you say, ‘That must be Stravinsky.’ Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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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.

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