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.


October 2, 2016

Riccardo Muti, conductor; Yefim Bronfman, piano

Brahms: Piano Concerto #2.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony #1, Winter Dreams.

Beethoven: The Consecration of the House Overture.


October 9, 2016

Concert performances released on the CSO ReSound label

Schoenberg: Kol Nidre (Alberto Mizrahi, n; Chicago Symphony Chorus)

Shostakovich: Suite on Verses by Michelangelo.

Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

Berlioz: Tempest Fantasy fr Lélio.


October 16, 2016

Riccardo Muti, conductor; Rosa Feola, soprano

Tchaikovsky: The Tempest; Romeo and Juliet.

Mahler: Symphony #4 in G.


October 23, 2016

Susanna Mälkki, conductor; Gil Shaham, violin

Debussy: Gigues fr Images III.

Bartok: Violin Concerto #2.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op 35.

Adès: But All Shall Be Well.


October 30, 2016

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Cynthia Yeh, percussion

Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite.

MacMillan: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel.

Revueltas: Sensemaya.

Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra (soloist, Yo-Yo Ma)


November 6, 2016

Bernard Haitink, conductor; Till Fellner, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-Flat

Strauss: An Alpine Symphony.

We also hear Webern’s Im Sommerwind from a CSO ReSound CD.


November 13, 2016*

Vasily Petrenko, conductor; Paul Lewis, piano

Elgar: In the South (Alassio)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor.

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances.

*Airing later than usual at 7:00 pm


November 20, 2016

Sir Mark Elder, conductor

Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture; Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

Elgar: Symphony No. 1.

We also hear Britten’s A Time There Was conducted by Jaap van Zweden, and Walton’s Crown Imperial from the CSO Brass


November 27, 2016

Mitsuko Uchida, conductor & piano; string soloists from the orchestra

Mozart: Adagio in b; Piano Concerto No. 19 in F

Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, Trout

Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik


December 4, 2016

Runnicles conducts the Enigma Variations

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem

Strauss: Death and Transfiguration

Elgar: Enigma Variations

Dvóřak: Violin Concerto (Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)


December 11, 2016

Stéphane Denève conducts Berlioz

Weber: The Ruler of the Spirits Overture

Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99 (James Ehnes, violin)

Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Berlioz: Queen Mab Scherzo and Romeo at the Tomb of the Capulets from Romeo and Juliet (Sir Mark Elder, conductor)


December 18, 2016

Metzmacher conducts Shostakovich

Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker

Stravinsky: Petrushka (1911 version)

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 (The Year 1905)


December 25, 2016

Labadie conducts Messiah

Handel: Messiah (Parts I, II, and III)