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      WFMT The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Broadcast Series

      Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series

      Sundays at 1:00 pm

      Chicago concertgoers know the thunderclap precision and exquisite artistry of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With this radio series – and a record number of Grammy Award-winning recordings – the CSO sets the standard for musicians. The Chicago Symphony presents the full range of orchestral works under the seasoned baton of music director Riccardo Muti. The top tier soloists and guest conductors complete the series with artists like Yo-Yo Ma, Matthias Goerne, and Daniil Trifonov; as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mitsuko Uchida, and Bernard Haitink. Hosted by Lisa Simeone, the two-hour Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcasts include dynamic and innovative commentary, which takes the listener behind the scenes and into the music.

      Program Schedule | Winter 2014

      December 7, 2014

      Bernard Labadie and Marc-André Hamelin: Haydn and Beethoven

      Bernard Labadie and Osmo Vänskä, conductors
      Marc-André Hamelin, piano

      Rigel: Symphony in C Minor
      Haydn: Piano Concerto in D Major
      Kraus: Symphony in E Minor
      Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major
      Brahms: Symphony No. 1

      December 14, 2014

      Charles Dutoit and Mathieu Dufour

      Charles Dutoit, John Williams, and Bernard Haitink, conductors
      Mathieu Dufour, flute
      Gil Shaham, violin
      Paul Jacobs, organ

      Dukas: La Peri, Fanfare and Poème dansé
      Connesson: pour sortir au jour [CSO commission]
      Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, Organ
      Williams: Violin Concerto
      Poulenc: Gloria

      December 21, 2014

      Guest conductor: Manfred Honeck

      Manfred Honeck, conductor
      Till Fellner, piano

      J Strauss Jr: Overture to Die Fledermaus
      Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1
      Dvorák: Symphony No. 8
      Additional music conducted by Bernard Haitink:
      Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante in B-Flat Major
      Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio

      December 28, 2014

      William Walton’s First Symphony

      Semyon Bychkov and John Williams, conductors
      Kirill Gerstein, Katia Labèque, and Marielle Labèque, pianos

      Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
      Walton: Symphony No. 1
      Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos in D Minor
      Williams: Excerpt from Lincoln soundtrack

      January 4, 2015

      Dohnányi Conducts Tchaikovsky and Beethoven

      Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
      Paul Lewis, piano

      Lutosławski: Musique funebre
      Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
      Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
      Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia (Tugan Sokhiev, conductor)

      January 11, 2015

      Muti Conducts Beethoven 5

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Ildar Abdrazakov, bass

      Prokofiev: The Meeting of the Volga and the Don
      Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti
      Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
      Prokofiev: Three Scenes from Romeo and Juliet (CSO Brass)

      January 18, 2015

      Muti Conducts Tchaikovsky and Debussy

      Riccardo Muti, conductor

      Berlioz: Waverley Overture
      Debussy: La Mer
      Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
      Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
      Ravel: Rapsodie espagnol

      January 25, 2015

      CSO Resound Retrospective

      Riccardo Muti, conductor

      Clyne: Night Ferry
      Bates: Alternative Energy
      Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
      Honegger: Pacific 231 (live concert recording)

      February 1, 2015

      Van Zweden Conducts Prokofiev 5

      Jaap Van Zweden, conductor

      Shostakovich: Five Fragments
      Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
      Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
      Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements (Pierre Boulez, conductor)

      February 8, 2015

      Van Zweden Conducts Shostakovich 5

      Jaap Van Zweden, conductor
      Simone Lamsma, violin

      Britten: Violin Concerto (Simone Lamsma, violin)
      Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
      Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Christopher Martin, trumpet; Kirill Petrenko, conductor)

      February 15, 2015

      Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony

      Jaap Van Zweden, conductor

      Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad) (Jaap van Zweden, conductor)
      Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Yuja Wang, piano; Sakari Oramo, conductor)

      February 22, 2015

      Mitsuko Uchida Conducts Mozart from the Keyboard

      Mitsuko Uchida, conductor and piano

      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453
      Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, K. 595
      Mozart: Symphony No. 20 in D Major, K. 133 (Ton Koopman, conductor)

      March 1, 2015

      Complete Brandenburg Concertos

      Nicholas Kraemer, conductor and harpsichord
      Mark Shuldiner, harpsichord
      Louise Dixon, flute
      Jennifer Gunn, flute
      Eugene Izotov, oboe
      Daniel Gingrich, horn
      Christopher Martin, trumpet
      Robert Chen, violin
      Catherine Brubaker, viola
      Weijing Wang, viola

      Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
      Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
      Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
      Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
      Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
      Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

      March 8, 2015

      Riccardo Muti Conducts Schubert and Sollima

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Yo-Yo Ma, cello
      Giovanni Sollima, cello

      Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200
      Sollima: Antidotum Tarantulae XXI, Concerto for Two Cellos and Orchestra       
      (CSO commission, world premiere performance)
      Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417 (Tragic)
      Schubert: Entr'acte No. 3 from Rosamunde
      Verdi: Ballet Music from Macbeth

      March 15, 2015

      De Waart Conducts Strauss

      Edo De Waart, conductor
      Eugene Izotov, oboe
      Susanna Phillips, soprano

      Strauss: Serenade in E-flat Major
      Strauss: Metamorphosen
      Strauss: Oboe Concerto
      Strauss: Four Last Songs
      Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber (David Robertson, conductor)

      March 22, 2015

      Pierre Boulez Conducts Bartók

      Pierre Boulez, conductor
      Daniel Barenboim, piano
      Johannes Moser, cello

      Haydn: Symphony No. 103 (Drumroll)
      Rands: Cello Concerto
      Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1
      Janáček: Sinfonietta

      March 29, 2015

      Stéphane Denève Conducts Berlioz

      Stéphane Denève, conductor
      James Ehnes, violin

      Weber:  The Ruler of the Spirits Overture
      Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99
      Berlioz:  Symphonie Fantastique
      Berlioz: Queen Mab Scherzo and Romeo at the Tomb of the  
      Capulets from Romeo and Juliet (Sir Mark Elder, conductor)