Sundays at 8pm
Photo by Todd Rosenberg
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.
Guests in the House
This commercial broadcast includes the CSO’s historical recordings lead by various guest conductors. Opening the broadcast is Khachaturian’s Symphony No. 3 lead by Leopold Stokowski, followed by John Williams’ Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha for Cello and Orchestra. Next, Neeme Järvi leads Kodály’s Dances of Galánta. Rounding out the broadcast is Franck’s Symphony in D Minor lead by Pierre Monteux.
Symphony No. 3 in C Major
Leopold Stokowski, conductor
Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha for Cello and Orchestra
John Williams, conductor
Dances of Galánta
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Gabriella Lena Franck
Symphony in D Minor
Pierre Monteux, conductor
Salonen & Kuusisto
Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to the CSO podium for Ravel’s Mother Goose and Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements. In between, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto introduces a 2021 concerto by Bryce Dessner. The broadcast rounds out with a 1981 London recording of Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra led by eighth music director Sir Georg Solti.
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Symphony in Three Movements
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Afkham & Gluzman
David Afkham returns to the CSO podium to lead Debussy’s La mer and Ravel’s La valse. Opening the program is Ravel’s Menuet antique. Next, Vadim Gluzman joins in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Plus, Bernard Heitink conducts Webern’s Im Sommerwind.
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77
David Afkham, conductor
This broadcast celebrate the CSO’s sixth music director Fritz Reiner! Starting out the broadcast is Kabalevsky’s Colas Breugnon Overture, followed by Haydn’s Symphony No. 88. Next on the program are Weinberger’s Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper and Liebermann’s Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra. Concluding the broadcast, Lisa Della Casa joins in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
Colas Breugnon Overture
Symphony No. 88 in G Major
Polka and Fugue from Schwanda the Bagpiper
Concerto for Jazz Band and Orchestra
Symphony No. 4 in G Major
Lisa Della Casa, soprano
Handel Messiah & Tchaikovsky Nutcracker
Eighth music director Sir Georg Solti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a stellar cast of soloists in the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah. Next, the CSO Brass performs music by Gabrieli, and sixth music director Fritz Reiner closes this holiday celebration with selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet.
Messiah, Part 1
Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano; Anne Gjevang, contralto; Keith Lewis, tenor; Gwynne Howell, bass-baritone; David Schrader, harpsichord; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Margaret Hillis, director; Sir Georg Solti, conductor
Sacrae Smphoniae No. 6, Sonata Pian e forte
Mark Ridenour, conductor
Canzon duodecimi toni à 10
Canzon septimi toni à 8 (No. 2)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass
Selections from The Nutcracker, Op. 71
Fritz Reiner, conductor