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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 | Summer 2014

      July 6, 2014

      Slatkin and Gershwin: An American in Paris

      Leonard Slatkin, conductor
      Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

      Barber: Overture to The School for Scandal
      Wm. Schuman: Symphony No. 6
      Mason Bates: Violin Concerto
      Gershwin: An American in Paris
      Ives: The Unanswered Question (Susanna Mälkki, conductor)
      Ives: Three Places in New England (Susanna Mälkki, conductor)

      July 13, 2014

      Ludovic Morlot Conducts Programmatic Music

      Ludovic Morlot, conductor
      Stewart Goodyear, piano

      Messiaen: Trois Petites Liturgies
      Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
      Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnol
      Golijov: Mariel (Kenneth Olson, cello; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor)
      Soro: Tres Aires Chilenos (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor)
      Martínez y Compañón: Colección de música virreinal (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor)
      Alomía Robles: El Cóndor pasa (Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor)

      July 20, 2014

      Muti and Uchida

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Mitsuko Uchida, piano

      Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54
      Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C Major, D. 944 (the Great)
      Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200

      July 27, 2014

      Susanna Mälkki conducts La Mer

      Susanna Mälkki, conductor
      Leila Josefowicz, violin

      Sibelius: Suite No. 1 from The Tempest
      Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D Major
      Adès: …but all shall be well
      Debussy: La Mer
      Dvorak: The Water Goblin (Sir Mark Elder, conductor)
      Williams: Excerpt from film score for Lincoln

      August 3, 2014

      Muti conducts Schubert Unfinished

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      John Sharp, cello

      Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)
      Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85
      Schubert: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 125
      Verdi: Ballet music from Macbeth

      August 10, 2014

      Riccardo Muti conducts Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Robert Chen, violin

      Mozart: Divertimento in D Major, K. 136
      Hindemith: Violin Concerto
      Prokofiev: Suite from Romeo and Juliet
      Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

      August 17, 2014

      Salonen conducts Sibelius

      Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

      Anna Clyne: rewind
      Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin
      Sibelius: Four Legends from the Kalevala
      Sibelius: Symphony No. 7 in C Major, Op. 105
      Mozart: Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546

      August 24, 2014

      Spanish conductor Pablo Heras-Casado makes his CSO debut

      Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
      Marina Heredia, flamenco vocals

      Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
      Debussy: La Boîte à Joujoux
      Ravel: Pavane for A Dead Princess
      Falla: El Amor Brujo
      Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole, 2-piano version (Katia and Mariel LaBèque, pianos; Semyon Bychkov, conductor)
      Chabrier: España (Alain Altinoglu, conductor)

      August 31, 2014

      Salonen and Tetzlaff: Dvorak Violin Concerto

      Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
      Christian Tetzlaff, violin

      Janáček: Overture to From the House of the Dead
      Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A Minor
      Salonen: Nyx
      Janáček: Sinfonietta
      Dvorak: The Golden Spinning Wheel (Sir Mark Elder, conductor)

      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
      Haydn: Symphony No. 48 in C Major (Maria Theresa)