North by Northwest

Feb 15

7:30 PM


Friday, February 15, 2019

Mistaken identities, thrilling chase scenes and daring escapes—master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest is one of the most popular spy thrillers of all time. Starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint, it follows the ill-fated journey of an advertising executive as he is pursued across America by a group of mysterious agents. Be swept away as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra brings Bernard Herrmann's exhilarating, pulsating score to life alongside this classic suspense film.

Please join us from 6:15-6:45 for a preconcert conversation with conductor Richard Kaufman and composer Bernard Herrmann’s daughter, Dorothy Herrmann. The conversation will take place onstage and is open to all North by Northwest ticketholders.

Obstructed view seating still available. Please call 312-294-3000 to purchase.

Approximate concert duration: 162 minutes including intermission


Herrmann North by Northwest


Preconcert conversation
30 minute run-time

Friday, February 15, 6:15-6:45 Armour Stage

Bernard Herrmann's seven scores for the director known as the "Master of Suspense," composed over a 10-year period beginning in 1955, are considered among the greatest in cinema history. Between the anxious, romantic "Vertigo" (1958) and the terrifying, all-strings "Psycho" (1960), came the dynamic music for "North by Northwest" (1959): "Hitchcock's most entertaining blend of sophisticated humor and suspense, with a crackling Herrmann score," notes the composer's biographer Steven Smith. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


The CSO at the Movies series is generously sponsored by Megan and Steven Shebik.

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