Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Thursdays @ 8PM

This weekly program presents concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading orchestras in the United States, and its acclaimed Music Director Riccardo Muti. Hosted by Lisa Simeone, the series features live concert performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recorded at Symphony Center, alongside selections from the orchestra's expansive catalog of commercial recordings. Every program is designed to illustrate fascinating stories found inside the music, as well as present insights from the performers themselves.

8/9

Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano

Richard Wagner: Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Edvard Grieg: To Spring from Lyric Pieces, Op. 43
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Richard Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde

8/16

Riccardo Muti, conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violinist

Krzysztof Penderecki:  The Awakening of Jacob
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Robert Schumann:  Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61
Maurice Ravel:  Bolero

8/23

Rafael Payare and Nicholas Kraemer, conductors
Keith Buncke, bassoon

Leonard Bernstein:  Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Bassoon Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191
Bela Bartok:  Concerto for Orchestra
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

8/30

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus

Maurice Ravel:  Mother Goose Suite
Claude Debussy:  La damoiselle elue
Maurice Ravel:  L'enfante et les sortileges

9/6

Manfred Honeck and Pierre Boulez, conductors
Arabella Steinbacher, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. by Anton Webern):  "The Musical Offering," BWV 1079
Alban Berg: Violin Concerto
Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 "Great"
Bela Bartok: Two Pictures, Op. 10

9/13

Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams: Scheherazade.2
Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

Ottorino Respighi: Fountains of Rome
Manfred Honeck, conductor

9/20

Riccardo Muti, conductor
Jay Friedman, Michael Mulcahy, and Charles Vernon trombone; Gene Pokorny, tuba
Clementine Margaine, mezzo-soprano

Igor Stravinsky: Scherzo fantastique, Op. 3
Jennifer Higdon: Low Brass Concerto
Ernest Chausson: Poem of Love and the Sea, Op. 19
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a

Bela Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta
Fritz Reiner, conductor