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.

9/17

Riccardo Muti, conductor
Stephanie Jeong, violin; Kenneth Olsen, cello

Richard Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102  
Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97 "Rhenish"

9/24

Riccardo Muti and Fritz Reiner, conductors
J. Lawrie Bloom, bass clarinet

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
Nicolas Bacri:  Ophelia's Tears
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Serenade No. 13 in G Major, K. 525 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"

10/1

Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor
Ray Still, oboe; Clark Brody, clarinet; Willard Elliot, bassoon; Dale Clevenger, horn

Gioacchino Rossini:  Overture to L'italiana in Algeri
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:  Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364
Sergei Prokofiev:  Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 "Classical"
Gustav Mahler:  Symphony No. 1 in D Major

10/8

Daniel Barenboim, Artur Rodzinski, Georg Solti, Fritz Reiner and Morton Gould, conductors

Johannes Brahms:  Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Richard Wagner:  Prelude and Liebestodfrom Tristan and Isolde
Edward Elgar:  Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36  "Enigma"
Richard Strauss:  Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  Final Waltz and Apotheosisfrom The Nutcracker, Op. 71

10/15

Frederick Stock, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, violin
Robert Mayer, English horn

Jean Sibelius:  Finlandia, Op. 26
Carl Nielsen:  Violin Concerto, Op. 33
Carl Nielsen:  Helios Overture, Op. 17
Jean Sibelius:  Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
Jean Sibelius:  The Swan of Tuonelafrom Four Legends of The Kalevala, Op. 22

10/22

Fritz Reiner, conductor
David Fray, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven:  Overture to Egmont, Op. 84
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Johannes Brahms:  Hungarian Dances Nos. 1, 3, 10 and 5
Paul Hindemith:  Symphony, Mathis der Maler
Richard Wagner:  Selections from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

10/29

Seiji Ozawa, Fritz Reiner, Juanjo Mena, Georg Solti and Pierre Boulez, conductors
Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis, director
Leontyne Price, soprano

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:  A Night on Bald Mountain
Manual de Falla:  El amor brujo
James Lee III:  Sukkot Through Orion's Nebula
Claude Debussy:  Nocturnes
Richard Strauss:  Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30