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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.

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

Dec 31
Janáček, Strauss & Mussorgsky

Janáček

Sinfonietta
Seiji Ozawa, conductors

Copland

Dance Symphony
Morton Gould, conductor

J. Strauss, Jr.

Wiener Blut, Op. 354
Fritz Reiner, conductor

J. Strauss, Jr.

Rosen aus dem Süden, Op. 388
Fritz Reiner, conductor

J. Strauss, Jr.

Der Zigeunerbaron, Op. 418
Fritz Reiner, conductor

J. Strauss, Jr.

Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324
Fritz Reiner, conductor

Mussorgsky

Pictures at an Exhibition
Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
Jan 7
Muti Conducts Brahms & Franck

J. Strauss, Jr.

Overture to Indigo and the Forty Thieves

Verdi

Ballet Music from Macbeth

Brahms

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Franck

Symphony in D Minor

Jan 14
Muti Conducts Mendelssohn & Dvořák

Dvořák

Symphony No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76

Martucci

Notturno

Respighi

Feste romane

Mendelssohn

Symphony No. 4 in A Major, Op. 60 (Italian)

Jan 21
Robert Chen Leads Mozart

Mozart

Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525

Mozart

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 314
Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson, flute

Mozart

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 216 (Strassburg)
Robert Chen, violin

Mozart

Symphony No. 25 in G Minor, K. 183

Mozart

Oboe Concerto in C Major, K. 314
Ray Still, oboe; Claudio Abbado, conductor
Jan 28
Yashima Conducts Schubert 5

Coleridge-Taylor

Novelettes Nos. 3 and 4, Op. 52

Schubert

Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 485

Montgomery

Strum

Kodály

Dances of Galánta

Bartók

Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
Rafael Kubelík, conductor

Feb 4
Szeps-Znaider & Sharp

Holmès

La Nuit et l’Amour

Saint-Saëns

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
John Sharp, cello

Schumann

Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61

Wagner

The Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Wagner

Forest Murmurs from Siegfried
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Wagner

Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey from Götterdämmerung
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Wagner

Siegfried’s Death and Funeral March from Götterdämmerung
Daniel Barenboim, conductor
Feb 11
Muti Conducts Shostakovich 6

Mendelssohn

Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, Op. 27

Rands

DREAM for Orchestra

Liszt

Mazeppa, Symphonic Poem No. 6

Schoenberg

Transfigured Night, Op. 4

Shostakovich

Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 54

Feb 18
Muti Conducts Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky

Stravinsky

Suite from The Firebird

Tchaikovsky

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29 (Polish)

Schubert

Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished)

Stravinsky

Fireworks, Op. 4
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Stravinsky

Four Studies
Pierre Boulez, conductor

Feb 25
Muti Conducts Beethoven 3

Bologne, Chevalier
de Saint-Georges

Overture to L’Amant anonyme

Bizet

Roma

Price

Andante moderato

Beethoven

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

Mar 4
Celebrating Duain Wolfe and the Chicago Symphony Chorus

Poulenc

Gloria
Bernard Haitink, conductor; Jessica Rivera, soprano; Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, director)

Williams

Call to Muster and the Battle Cry of Freedom; and Appomattox, April 9, 1865, from Lincoln
John Williams, conductor; Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, director)

Handel

Three Coronation Anthems (The King Shall Rejoice, My Heart is Inditing, and Zadok the Priest)
Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, director)

Stravinsky

Symphony of Psalms
Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, director); Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus (Emily Ellsworth, director)

Boito

Prologue to Mefistofele
Riccardo Muti, conductor; Riccardo Zanellato, bass; Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, director); Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, artistic director)

Mar 11
Solti Conducts Del Tredici

Berlioz

Overture to Les Francs-juges, Op. 3
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Dohnányi

Varations on a Nursery Song, Op. 25
Sir Georg Solti, conductor; András Schiff, piano

Weber

Overture to Oberon
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Del Tredici

Final Alice
Sir Georg Solti, conductor; Barbara Hendricks, soprano

Mar 18
Muti & De Maistre

Chabrier

España

Ginastera

Harp Concerto
Xavier De Maistre, harp

Albéniz/Arbós

Navarra; Fête-Dieu à Seville from Iberia, Book I; and Triana from Iberia, Book II
Fritz Reiner, conductor

Chabrier

Impressions of Italy

Ravel

Boléro

Mar 25
Muti, Gunn & Vernon

Vivaldi

Piccolo Concerto in C Major, RV 444
Jennifer Gunn, piccolo

Benshoof

Concerto in Three Movements for Piccolo and Orchestra
Jennifer Gunn, piccolo

Beethoven

Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

Stephenson

Bass Trombone Concerto
Charles Vernon, bass trombone

Gershwin

An American in Paris