The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

Dec 19

8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Witness the staggering power, amazing precision and brilliant virtuosity that make the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass the best in the world. Don't miss these acclaimed musicians in their annual showcase.


Stage seats are now on sale for this concert. Please call patron services at
312-294-3000 for availability and to purchase tickets.


A postconcert discussion will take place on Armour Stage featuring select members of the CSO Brass in discussion with WXRT Radio DJ Terri Hemmert.


This concert is presented in collaboration with the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference.


Holst, arr. Friedman Ballet Suite from The Perfect Fool
Premru Symphony for Brass and Percussion
Williams, arr. Higgins Selections from Lincoln
Piazzolla, arr. Verhelst Suite from Maria de Buenos Aires
Tchaikovsky, arr. Higgins Suite from The Nutcracker
Compiled by Jari Villanueva Salute to the Armed Forces

Long celebrated for its lyricism, dynamism and virtuosity, the brass section of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has been a stand-out element for decades of a world-class ensemble. As a separate artistic entity, the CSO Brass has cultivated a rock star-like following of deeply dedicated fans worldwide. Its concerts, including the annual December showcase at Symphony Center, receive boisterous ovations. “We actually sell extra seats onstage [to the CSO Brass' annual concert], so we’re a little cocky about that," said CSO trombone Michael Mulcahy, the group’s director, with a laugh. "We’re just a small section of the orchestra, but we have a pretty strong draw.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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