Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Hear live performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra alongside selections from the orchestra’s expansive catalog of recordings. Find out the fascinating stories found inside the music; get insights from the CSO musicians, guest artists, and composers themselves; and learn more about the music and programmatic themes highlighted during the CSO’s concert season. Hosted by Lisa Simeone.

Schedule

October 2
Celebrating Margaret Hillis’s Centennial

Bach

Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder from Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244
Chicago Symphony Chorus; Margaret Hillis, director; Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Bartók

Cantata profana
John Aler, tenor; John Tomlinson, bass; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Margaret Hillis, director; Pierre Boulez, conductor

Verdi

Messa da Requiem
Leontyne Price, soprano; Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano; Veriano Luchetti, tenor; José van Dam, bass-baritone; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Margaret Hillis, director; Sir Georg Solti, conductor

October 9
Guerrero & Sáinz-Villegas

Ginastera

Four Dances from Estancia
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Rodrigo

Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra
Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, guitar; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Tárrega

Gran jota
Pablo Sáinz-Villegas, guitar; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Chabrier

España
Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Piazzolla

Sinfonía Buenos Aires, Op. 15
Daniel Binelli, bandoneon; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

Falla

El amor brujo
Leontyne Price, soprano; Fritz Reiner, conductor

Albéniz/Arbós

Navarra
Fritz Reiner, conductor

October 16
Alsop & Trifonov
Mantovani

Threnos
Marin Alsop, conductor (world premiere, CSO commission)

Prokofiev

Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
Daniil Trifonov, piano; Marin Alsop, conductor

Bach/Rachmaninov

Gigue from Violin Partita in E Major, BWV 1006
Daniil Trifonov, piano; Marin Alsop, conductor

Bridge

Lament
Marin Alsop, conductor

Copland

Symphony No. 3
Marin Alsop, conductor

Ives/Schuman

Variations on “America”
Morton Gould, conductor

October 23
Boulez & Aimard

Haydn

Symphony No. 103 (Drum Roll)
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Ligeti

Piano Concerto
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Bartók

The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19

Mozart

Quartet in D Major for Flute and Strings, K. 285
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, flute; Robert Chen, violin; Li-Kuo Chang, viola; John Sharp, cello

October 30
Solti Conducts Shostakovich & Berlioz

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 10 in E minor, Op. 93
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Berlioz

Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

November 6
Feddeck & Angelich

Beethoven

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
James Feddeck, conductor

Beethoven

Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73 (Emperor)
Nicholas Angelich, piano

Dvořák

Symphony No. 7 in D Minor, Op. 70

Brahms

Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

November 13
Muti Conducts Mozart Requiem

Cherubini

Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn
Krassimira Stoyanova, soprano; Dmitry Korchak, tenor; Enea Scala, tenor

Schuman

Symphony No. 9 (Le fosse Ardeatine)

Mozart

Requiem in D Minor, K. 626
Benedetta Torre, soprano; Sara Mingardo, contralto; Saimir Pirgu, tenor; Mika Kares, bass; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe, director

November 20
Tilson Thomas Conducts Mahler 9

Gabrieli/Crees

Canzon duodecimi toni à 10

Gabrieli/Block

Canzon septime toni à 8 (No. 2)

Mahler

Blumine
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

Stravinsky

Elegy for JFK
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano

Mahler

Symphony No. 9

November 30
Bychkov & Gardner

Tchaikovsky

Manfred Symphony, Op. 58
Semyon Bychkov, conductor

Wagner

Overture to Rienzi
Edward Gardner, conductor

Nielsen

Symphony No. 4, Op. 29 (Inextinguishable)
Edward Gardner, conductor

December 4
Søndergård & Gavrylyuk

Sibelius

Nocturne and Ballade from King Christian II Suite, Op. 27

Tchaikovsky

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Schumann

Von fremden Ländern und Menschen from Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 1
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Rachmaninov

Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 13

Mendelssohn

Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61
Jean Martinon, conductor

December 11
Salonen & Barenboim

Brahms

Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Schoenberg

Transfigured Night, Op. 4 (1943 Revision)
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Wagner

Good Friday Spell from Parsifal
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Corigliano

Symphony No. 1
John Sharp, cello; Stephen Hough, piano; Daniel Barenboim, conductor

December 18
Heras-Casado & Trpčeski

Rachmaninov

Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 30
Simon Trpčeski, piano; Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

Tchaikovsky/Pletnev

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker
Simon Trpčeski, piano

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 (Winter Dreams)

Ravel

Introduction and Allegro for Harp, Flute, Clarinet, and Strings
Edward Druzinsky, harp; Donald Peck, flute; Clark Brody, clarinet; Jean Martinon, conductor