Pictures from an Exhibition

May 18

12:45 PM

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Modest Mussorgsky composed Pictures from an Exhibition as a musical depiction of a set of drawings and watercolors. This piece, famously arranged for orchestra by Maurice Ravel, leads the audience members on a sonic gallery walk and invites them to investigate how visual imagery can be transformed into sound. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

2018/19 is the 100th season of the CSO's concert series for children.

An exhibition of visual artworks by students from Chicago Public Schools will be displayed in the Rotunda.


Smetana Dance of the Comedians from The Bartered Bride
Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel Pictures from an Exhibition

Additional Dates for this Program

Under music director Frederick Stock, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra presented its first children’s concert on Nov. 20, 1919. In the 100 years since, those concerts have evolved into a far more ambitious series that will involve some 45,000 adults and children in 2018-19. “If we do a good job, we’re doing maybe the most important thing we can do with music, which is to capture the imagination of a child,” said CSO trumpet John Hagstrom. "The orchestra members know this, because they can remember how they first discovered classical music as youngsters." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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