World-Class Artists. Spectacular Concerts.

From the biggest names in classical music to the icons and innovators of jazz, pop, world music and more, there are so many unforgettable performances to see at Symphony Center. Explore the 2018/19 Symphony Center Presents season below and join us at “Chicago’s most prestigious musical address” (Chicago Tribune).

May 1

Itzhak Perlman & Evgeny Kissin

SCP Chamber

8:00 PM Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Celebrated worldwide for his singular talent, as well as his charm and humanity, Itzhak Perlman partners with Evgeny Kissin, whom The Telegraph calls “a rare and miraculous piano legend.” Experience this truly remarkable collaboration of two of the foremost interpreters of violin and piano repertoire.

Program

Mozart Violin Sonata in D Major, K. 306
Brahms Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
Beethoven Violin Sonata in A Major, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)

Performers

May 3

Chick Corea & Béla Fleck

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, May 3, 2019

Iconic keyboardist, composer and bandleader Chick Corea, a 22-time Grammy® Award-winner and NEA Jazz Master, teams up with banjo innovator Béla Fleck, himself a 14-time Grammy® Award-winner, for a collaboration between two globally minded virtuosos. Through their compositions, the duo’s combined love for jazz, bluegrass and flamenco shines through.

 

To be announced from stage.

Performers

May 12

Evgeny Kissin

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, May 12, 2019

Evgeny Kissin, whose effortless virtuosity and revelatory performances sell out concert halls around the world time and again, returns for an intimate recital. “Supple, elegant, unsentimental and suffused with poetry and nostalgia… Kissin’s mastery is so complete and his expression so natural in this music that he doesn’t seem to be interpreting at all” (Chicago Classical Review).

Program

Chopin Selected Nocturnes
Schumann Sonata in F Minor, Op. 14
Debussy Selections from Preludes, Book I
Scriabin Sonata No. 4

Performers

Evgeny Kissin piano

May 24

Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, May 24, 2019

Pianist Jason Moran, a 2010 MacArthur Fellow with a command of jazz history that seems to flow from his fingertips, returns to Symphony Center for a performance of Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration, a Symphony Center Presents Jazz series premiere. For this ambitious project, Moran and his wife, mezzo-soprano Alicia Hall Moran, weave together a broad spectrum of musical styles to tell the story of the African-Americans who relocated from the South and how their journey shaped American culture.

 

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Jason Moran piano
Alicia Hall Moran mezzo-soprano
Pastor Smokie Norful piano and vocals
Imani Winds
Kenwood Academy Jazz Band
Joseph Joubert musical director
Additional Artists to be Announced

 

Jun 7

Wayne Shorter Quartet

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Friday, June 7, 2019

NEA Jazz Master Wayne Shorter is one of the most revered saxophonists and influential jazz composers of all time. His signature tone and improvisational genius stand at the center of his quartet, which has been performing together for more than 18 years. Of their last performance at Symphony Center, the Chicago Tribune said “These weren't straightforward renditions of a band’s working repertory so much as occasions for crafting abstract portraits in sound.”

 

To be announced from stage.

Performers

Jun 9

Rudolf Buchbinder

SCP Piano

3:00 PM Sunday, June 9, 2019

“Buchbinder’s ability to bring the music to life, to inhabit each of the phrases, is extraordinary” (Bachtrack). The Austrian pianist performs works by Haydn and Beethoven, plus Schubert’s final, majestic sonata, for an unforgettable close to the 2018/19 Symphony Center Presents Piano season.

Program

Haydn Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI:52
Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)
Schubert Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

Performers