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 2017/18 Symphony Center Presents season below and join us at “Chicago’s most prestigious musical address” (Chicago Tribune).


Symphony Center Presents Piano
  • Louis Lortie
    Sunday, Oct 8, 3:00 p.m.

    Liszt Années de pèlerinage, First Year, Switzerland
    Liszt Années de pèlerinage, Second Year, Italy

    Liszt Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este from Années de pèlerinage, Third Year [ENCORE]

    Louis Lortie piano

  • Piotr Anderszewski
    Sunday, Oct 22, 3:00 p.m.

    Bach English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
    Chopin Three Mazurkas, Op. 56
    Chopin Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat Major, Op. 61
    Janáček On an Overgrown Path, Book II
    Bach English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811

    Bartók Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csík District [ENCORE]

  • Lucas Debargue
    Sunday, Nov 19, 3:00 p.m.

    Schubert Sonata in A Minor, D. 664
    Schubert Sonata in A Major, D. 784
    Szymanowski Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 21

    Greer/Lebargue Improvisation on Just You, Just Me [ENCORE]

  • Mitsuko Uchida
    Sunday, Feb 18, 3:00 p.m.

    Schubert Sonata in B Major, D. 575
    Schubert Sonata in A Minor, D. 845
    Schubert Sonata in D Major, D. 850

    Schoenberg No. 2 (Langsam) from Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19 [ENCORE]

  • Boris Berezovsky
    Sunday, Mar 25, 3:00 p.m.

    Balakirev Selected Works
    Balakirev Islamey
    Liadov Selected Works
    Rachmaninov Selected Preludes from Op. 23 and Op. 32
    Scriabin Selected Etudes
    Scriabin Sonata No. 5, Op. 53
    Rachmaninov Sonata No. 2

    Chopin Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 42 [ENCORE]
    Chopin Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 69, No. 1 [ENCORE]

  • Emanuel Ax
    Sunday, Apr 8, 3:00 p.m.

    Mozart Sonata in F Major, K. 533
    Liszt Three Petrarch Sonnets
    Bach Partita No. 5 in G Major
    Beethoven Andante favori
    Beethoven Sonata in C Major, Op. 53 (Waldstein)

    Chopin Nocturne in F-sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2 [ENCORE]
    Liszt Valse oubliée, No. 1 [ENCORE]

    Emanuel Ax piano

  • Maurizio Pollini
    Sunday, Apr 22, 3:00 p.m.

    Chopin Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45
    Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
    Chopin Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 35 (Funeral March)
    Debussy Preludes, Book 2

    Debussy La cathédrale engloutie from Preludes, Book 1 [ENCORE]
    Chopin Etude in A Minor, Op. 25, No. 11 [ENCORE]
    Chopin Berceuse in D-flat Major, Op. 57 [ENCORE]

  • Evgeny Kissin
    Sunday, May 13, 3:00 p.m.

    Beethoven Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 106 (Hammerklavier)
    Rachmaninov Selected Preludes from Op. 23
    Rachmaninov Selected Preludes from Op. 32

    Scriabin Etude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 2, No. 1
    Kissin Toccata
    Rachmaninov Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 3, No. 2
    Tchaikovsky Méditation

  • Marc-André Hamelin
    Sunday, May 20, 3:00 p.m.

    Schumann Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17
    Schubert Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960

    Rachmaninov Prelude in G-sharp Minor, Op. 32, No. 12 [ENCORE]
    Schumann Wayside Inn from Waldszenen, Op. 82, No. 6 [ENCORE]

  • Martin Helmchen
    Sunday, Jun 10, 3:00 p.m.

    Schumann Novelletten, Op. 21, Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 8
    Beethoven Diabelli Variations

    Schumann Vogel als Prophet (The Prophet Bird) from Waldszenen, Op. 82 [ENCORE]

Symphony Center Presents Chamber Music
  • Joshua Bell
    Friday, Nov 10, 8:00 p.m.

    Program to include:
    Mendelssohn Violin Sonata in F Major (1838)
    Grieg Violin Sonata No. 3
    Brahms Violin Sonata No. 1

    Brahms arr. Joachim Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G Minor [ENCORE]
    Massenet Meditation from Thaïs [ENCORE]
    Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 [ENCORE]

    Joshua Bell violin
    Alessio Bax piano

  • Ax – Kavakos – Ma
    Sunday, Feb 25, 3:00 p.m.

    Brahms Piano Trio No. 2
    Brahms Piano Trio No. 3
    Brahms Piano Trio No. 1

    Mendelssohn Andante con moto tranquillo from Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49 [ENCORE]

    Emanuel Ax piano
    Leonidas Kavakos violin
    Yo-Yo Ma cello

  • Gil Shaham & Akira Eguchi
    Sunday, Mar 18, 3:00 p.m.

    Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro (In the Style of Pugnani)
    Wheeler Violin Sonata No. 2 (The Singing Turk)
    Dorman Violin Sonata No. 3 (Nigunim)
    Bach Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
    Franck Sonata in A Major

    Bolcom The Graceful Ghost Rag [ENCORE]


    Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi have replaced the duo recital program featuring Martha Argerich and Itzhak Perlman.

    Gil Shaham violin
    Akira Eguchi piano

  • Evgeny Kissin & The Emerson String Quartet
    Sunday, Apr 15, 3:00 p.m.

    Mozart Piano Quartet in G Minor, K. 478
    Fauré Piano Quartet No. 1
    Dvořák Piano Quintet No. 2

    Shostakovich Scherzo from Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57

Symphony Center Presents Orchestras Series
Symphony Center Presents Jazz


Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
November 25, 2017

CSO's Merry, Merry Chicago!
December 15-23, 2017

Home Alone
December 9-10, 2017

A Chanticleer Christmas
December 5-6, 2017

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass
December 20, 2017

Diego El Cigala
April 6, 2018


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