Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Sundays at 8pm

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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.

  • May 26
    Thielemann Conducts Bruckner

    Christian Telemann returns to the CSO podium to conduct Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. The broadcast also includes works by Richard Wagner and Mason Bates.


    Christian Telemann

    Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 8 in C Minor (1890 version)

  • June 2
    Muti, Chen & Mozart Gran Partita

    This week, Riccardo Muti conducts Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 (Gran Partita), highlighting a dozen members of the orchestra’s wind section. Opening the program is Cimarosa’s Overture to Il matrimonio segreto. In between, Concertmaster Robert Chen joins in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.


    Riccardo Muti


    Robert Chen, violin*

    Domenico Cimarosa

    Overture to Il matrimonio segreto

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218*

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major, K. 370a (Gran Partita)

  • June 9
    De Waart & Haitink

    This week, an all-Beethoven program from the CSO’s Archives. The broadcast begins with Overture to Leonore No. 3, then continues with Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) conducted by Edo de Waart. Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) led by Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink finishes the program.


    Edo de Waart; Bernard Haitink*

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Overture to Leonore No. 3, Op. 72b

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55 (Eroica)

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (Pastoral)*

  • June 16
    Carmina burana

    This week, Osmo Vänskä leads the CSO in Off’s Carmina burana featuring Joélle Harvey, Reginald Mobley and Hugh Russell. Included in the program is Montgomery’s Banner and Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus, as well as Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.


    Osmo Vänskä; Seiji Ozawa*


    Joélle Harvey, soprano, Reginald Mobley, countertenor, Hugh Russell, baritone, Chicago Symphony Chorus (Jenny Wong, guest director), Uniting Voices Chicago (Josephine Lee, director)**

    Benjamin Britten

    The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34*

    Jessie Montgomery


    Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Cantus Arcticus

    Carl Orff

    Carmina burana**

  • June 23
    Shani & Rana

    Lahav Shani makes the CSO debut in Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Included in the program is Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Beatrice Rana.


    Lahav Shani


    Beatrice Rana, piano*

    Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 (Classical)

    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini*

    Sergei Rachmaninoff

    Symphonic Dances, Op. 45