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      WFMT The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Broadcast Series

      Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series

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      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 | Fall 2014

      September 7, 2014

      Jaap Van Zweden conducts a world premiere by Christopher Rouse

      Jaap Van Zweden, conductor
      Christopher Martin, trumpet

      Shostakovich: Festive Overture
      Rouse: Heimdall’s Trumpet [CSO commission, world premiere]
      Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony
      Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony

      September 14, 2014

      Riccardo Muti conducts the Rhenish

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Maurizio Pollini, piano

      Beethoven: The Consecration of the House Overture
      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
      Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture
      Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97 (Rhenish)
      Haydn: Symphony No. 39 in G Minor

      September 21, 2014

      Muti conducts Schubert 1 and 6

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      David McGill, bassoon

      Schubert: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, D. 82
      Mozart: Bassoon Concerto (David McGill, bassoon)
      Schubert: Symphony No. 6 in C Major, D. 589
      Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 (Prague)

      September 28, 2014

      Muti conducts Mahler

      Riccardo Muti, conductor

      Schubert: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, D. 485
      Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D Major
      Wagner:Siegfried's Rhine Journey and Funeral March from Götterdämmerung

      October 5, 2014

      Riccardo Muti conducts Schubert and Morricone

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Ora Jones, narrator
      Rosa Feola, soprano
      Michaela Selinger and Alisa Kolosova, mezzo-sopranos
      Antonio Poli, tenor
      Riccardo Zanellato, bass

      Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style
      Morricone: Voices from the Silence
      Schubert: Mass in A-flat Major
      Mozart: Ave verum corpus
      Vivaldi: Magnificat

      October 12, 2014

      Edo de Waart conducts Brahms 4

      Edo de Waart and Ton Koopman, conductors
      Yo-Yo Ma, cello

      Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, Jupiter
      Brahms: Symphony No. 4
      Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546
      Haydn: Cello Concerto in D

      October 19, 2014

      Sir Mark Elder and Richard Goode: Ives and Mozart

      Sir Mark Elder and David Robertson, conductors
      Richard Goode, Emanuel Ax, Benjamin Hochman, Orli Shaham, and Orion Weiss, pianos

      Ives: Symphony No. 2
      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
      Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks
      Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos

      October 26, 2014

      Juanjo Mena conducts the Pastoral

      Juanjo Mena and Alain Altinoglu, conductors

      Smetana: The Moldau
      Takemitsu: riverrun
      Villa-Lobos: Amazonas
      Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral)
      Schmitt: La Tragédie de Salomé

      November 2, 2014

      Jaap van Zweden and Alisa Weilerstein: Shostakovich and Prokofiev

      Jaap van Zweden, conductor
      Alisa Weilerstein, cello

      Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
      Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes: ATime There Was
      Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9
      Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes

      November 9, 2014

      Riccardo Muti conducts Brahms

      Riccardo Muti, conductor

      J. Strauss Jr.: Overture to Indigo and the 40 Thieves
      Verdi: Ballet music from Macbeth
      Brahms: Symphony No. 2
      Franck: Symphony in D Minor

      November 16, 2014

      Bernard Haitink conducts Bruckner 4

      Bernard Haitink and Sir Mark Elder, conductors
      Emanuel Ax, piano

      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27
      Bruckner: Symphony No. 4, Romantic
      Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet

      November 23, 2014

      Mitsuko Uchida plays Mozart and Schubert

      Mitsuko Uchida, conductor and piano
      John Williams, conductor
      Robert Chen, violin
      Charles Pikler, viola
      John Sharp, cello
      Alexander Hanna, double-bass

      Mozart: Adagio in B Minor, K. 540, for solo piano
      Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 19
      Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, Trout
      Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik
      Williams: Excerpt from Lincoln soundtrack

      November 30, 2014

      Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Mahler 9

      Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
      Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
      CSO Brass

      Stravinsky: Elegy for JFK
      Mahler: Symphony No. 9
      Mahler: Blumine
      Gabrieli: Canzonae

      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

      Artists and repertory to be announced

      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