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.

3/9

Bernard Haitink, conductor
Robert Chen, violin; John Sharp, cello; Eugene Izotov, oboe; David McGill, bassoon

Gustav Mahler:  Symphony No. 7
Joseph Haydn:  Sinfonia concertante in B-flat Major

3/16

Riccardo Muti, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Johannes Brahms:  Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
Sergei Prokofiev:  Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 "Classical"

3/23

Jaap van Zweden and Pierre Boulez, conductors

Dmitri Shostakovich:  Five Fragments, Op. 42
Benjamin Britten:  Sinfonia da requiem, Op. 20
Sergei Prokofiev:  Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100
Igor Stravinsky:  Symphony in Three Movements

3/30

Leonard Slatkin and Susanna Malkki, conductors
Annie Akiko Meyers, violin
Chris Martin, trumpet

Samuel Barber:  Overture to The School for Scandal
William Schuman:  Symphony No. 6
Mason Bates:  Violin Concerto
George Gershwin:  An American in Paris
Charles Ives:  The Unanswered Question
Charles Ives:  Three Places in New England

4/6

Yuri Temirkanov, Kirill Petrenko and Riccardo Muti, conductors
Denis Matsuev, piano
Alberto Mizrahi, narrator

Sergei Rachmaninov:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30
Johannes Brahms:  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Modest Mussorgsky (orchestrated by Dmitri Shostakovich):  Excerpts from Khovanschchina
Arnold Schoenberg:  Kol Nidre

4/13

Nicholas McGegan and Jaap van Zweden, conductors
Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano

George Frideric Handel:  Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1
Antonio Vivaldi:  "Alma oppressa" from La fida ninfa
Nicola Porpora:  "Oh volesser gli Dei. . . Dolci, freschi aurette" from Polifemo
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Sinfonia in G Minor, Op. 6 No. 6
Nicola Porpora:  "Or la nube procellosa"
Riccardo Broschi:  "Qual guerriero in campo armato" from Idaspe
Joseph Haydn:  Symphony No. 100 in G Major "Military"
Dmitri Shostakovich:  Chamber Symphony

4/20

Riccardo Muti, conductor
John Sharp, cello

Antonin Dvorak:  Hussite Overture, Op. 67
Robert Schumann:  Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 129
Paul Hindemith:  Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass, Op. 50
Modest Mussorgsky (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62

4/27

Riccardo Muti, conductor
Xavier de Maistre, harp

Emmanuel Chabrier:  Espana
Alberto Ginastera:  Harp Concerto, Op. 25
Gustave Charpentier:  Impressions of Italy
Maurice Ravel:  Bolero
Igor Stravinsky:  Suite from The Firebird

5/4

Riccardo Muti, conductor
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Alfredo Catalani:  Contemplazione
Giuseppe Martucci:  La canzone dei ricordi
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Sergei Prokofiev:  Scythian Suite, Op. 20

5/11

Edo de Waart and David Robertson, conductors
Eugene Izotov, oboe
Susanna Phillips, soprano

Richard Strauss:  Serenade in E-flat Major
Richard Strauss:  Metamorphosen
Richard Strauss:  Oboe Concerto in D Major
Richard Strauss:  Four Last Songs
Paul Hindemith:  Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

5/18

Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor
Daniel Gingrich, horn
Mahan Estafani, harpsichord

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 "Prague"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, K. 447
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
Francis Poulenc:  Concert champetre for Harpsichord and Orchestra

5/25

Pablo Heras-Casado, Daniel Barenboim and Ferenc Fricsay, conductors
Alice Sara Ott, piano

Pierre Boulez:  Figures-Doubles-Prismes
Igor Stravinsky:  Four Studies for Orchestra
Bela Bartok:  Piano Concerto No. 3
Claude Debussy:  Ibería
Pierre Boulez:  Notations VII
Bela Bartok:  Divertimento for String Orchestra