Barenboim Conducts West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Nov 5

7:30 PM

R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky

Monday, November 5, 2018

Founder Daniel Barenboim brings his groundbreaking ensemble of young professional musicians from the Middle East to Symphony Center to perform their “high-voltage interpretation” of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, which “captures the work’s progression from darkness to light with remarkable vividness” (The Guardian).

Approximate concert duration: 109 minutes including intermission


R. Strauss Don Quixote
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Elgar Nimrod from Enigma Variations [ENCORE]

Cellist Kian Soltani and violist Miriam Manasherov of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra can't say enough about the experience. "The moment this orchestra steps onstage, the whole audience really feels something special is about to happen and gives you this incredible energy," Soltani said, and Manasherov points to the leadership of founder Daniel Barenboim. "First and foremost is the maestro," she said. "He sets the tone." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

When Daniel Barenboim left Chicago as music director in 2006 he didn’t expect to return. “When it finished, I thought it was finished,” he said i. “Don’t forget, I conducted the Chicago Symphony for [almost] 36 consecutive seasons.” But then Riccardo Muti, the CSO’s music director since 2010, made him an irresistible offer: “When Riccardo Muti insisted that I come, I accepted with the greatest of pleasure." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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Tonight’s concert is generously sponsored by the Jentes Family Foundation.

This performance is generously sponsored by Ling Z. and Michael C. Markovitz and the Jentes Family Foundation.

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