Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series

Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its 125th Year (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Sundays at 8:00 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.

January 1, 2017
“From the Archives” Special Program

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture (Theodore Thomas, conductor)
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde (Artur Rodzinski, conductor)
Elgar: Enigma Variations (Sir Georg Solti, conductor)
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Fritz Reiner, conductor)
Tchaikovsky: Final Waltz and Apotheosis from The Nutcracker (Morton Gould, conductor)


January 8, 2017
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Javier Perianes, piano
Daniella Mack, mezzo-soprano

Ravel: Alborada del gracioso
Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat
Encore: Falla: El amor brujo from 1963 RCA (Leontyne Price, soprano; Fritz Reiner, conductor)


January 15, 2017
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Mason Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64
Ravel: Boléro


January 22, 2017
James Feddeck, conductor
Chris Martin, trumpet

Frank: Les Éolides
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27
Encore: Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (Mark Elder, conductor)


January 29, 2017
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Robert Chen, violin
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
Debussy: Symphonic Fragments from The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian
Saint-Saëns: La muse et le poète, Op. 132
Lalo: Cello Concerto in D Minor
Encore: Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun (Christian Macelaru, conductor)


February 5, 2017
Charles Dutoit, conductor

Stravinsky: Fireworks, Op. 4
Stravinsky: Symphony in C
Stravinsky: The Firebird
Encore: Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarín, Op. 19


February 12, 2017
Jaap van Zweden and Sakari Oramo, conductors
Yuja Wang, piano

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 in C Major (Leningrad)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3


February 19, 2017
Riccardo Muti, conductor
CSO Chorus
Erin Wall, soprano
Okka von der Damerau, mezzo-soprano
Steve Davislim, tenor
Eric Owens, bass

Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
Bruckner: Te Deum
Encore: Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole


February 26, 2017, 7:00 pm
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466
Hindemith: Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass, Op. 50
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Op. 20
Encore: Mendelssohn: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, Op. 27


March 5, 2017
Edo de Waart, conductor
Daniel Gingrich, horn

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 (Prague)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, K. 447
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
Encore: Bates: Alternative Energy from CSO Resound (Riccardo Muti, conductor)


March 12, 2017
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Encore: Haydn: Sinfonia concertante in B-flat Major, Hob. I:105 (Robert Chen, violin; John Sharp, cello; Eugene Izotov, oboe; David McGill, bassoon)


March 19, 2017
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
Encore: Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 (Classical)


March 26, 2017
Jaap van Zweden, conductor

Shostakovich: Five Fragments, Op. 42
Britten: Sinfonia da requiem, Op. 20
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major Op. 100
Encore: Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements from CSO Resound (Pierre Boulez, conductor)


April 2, 2017
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
Bates: Violin Concerto
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Ives: The Unanswered Question (Susanna Mälkki, conductor)
Ives: Three Places in New England (Mälkki)


April 9, 2017
Yuri Temirkanov: Brahms
Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
Denis Matsuev, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Mussorgsky: Two excerpts from Khovanshchina (Kirill Petrenko, conductor)
Schoenberg: Kol Nidre (Riccardo Muti, conductor; Alberto Mizrahi, narrator)


April 16, 2017
Nicholas McGegan: 18th-Century Works
Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Vivica Genaux, mezzo-soprano

Handel: Concerto grosso in G Major, Op. 6, No. 1
Vivaldi: Alma oppressa (from La fida ninfa)
Porpora: Oh volesser gli Dei…Dolci, freschi aurette (from Polifemo)
Bach: Sinfonia in G Minor, Op. 6, No. 6
Porpora: Or la nube procellosa
Broschi: Qual guerriero in campo armato (from Idaspe)
Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G Major (Military)
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony (Jaap van Zweden, conductor)


April 23, 2017
James Gaffigan, conductor
Michael Mulcahy, trombonemarch

Franck: The Accursed Huntsman
Vine: Five Hallucinations for trombone and orchestra
Prokofiev: Excerpts from Cinderella ballet music.


April 30, 2017
Riccardo Muti: Bolero
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Xavier de Maistre, harp

Chabrier: España
Ginastera: Harp Concerto, Op. 25 (Xavier de Maistre, harp)
Charpentier: Impressions of Italy
Ravel: Bolero
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird


May 7, 2017
Riccardo Muti: Beethoven
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano

Catalani: Contemplazione
Martucci: La Canzone dei Ricordi
Beethoven:Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite, Op. 20


May 14, 2017
Edo de Waart: Strauss Festival
Edo de Waart, conductor
Eugene Izotov, oboe
Susanna Phillips, soprano/

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


May 21, 2017
Christoph von Dohnányi and Daniel Gingrich
Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Daniel Gingrich, horn

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504 (Prague)
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat Major K. 447
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
Poulenc: Concert champêtre (Mahan Estafani, harpsichord)


May 28, 2017
Pablo Heras-Casado and Alice Sara Ott: Boulez Tribute
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Alice Sara Ott, piano

Boulez: Figures-Doubles-Prismes
Stravinsky: Four Etudes for Orchestra
Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Debussy: Ibería
Boulez: Notations VII (Daniel Barenboim, conductor)
Bartók: Divertimento for Strings (Ferenc Fricsay, conductor)


June 4, 2017
James Levine: Orchestra Hall Return

Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D Major, K. 297 (Paris)
Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor (CSO ReSound album)


June 11, 2017
Jaap van Zweden: Shostakovich
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Prokofiev: Symphony-Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E Minor, Op. 125
Britten: Suite on English Folk Tunes: A Time There Was.
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E flat Major, Op. 70
Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes


June 18, 2017
Riccardo Muti: Bruckner
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 in E Major


June 25, 2017
Salonen: Turangalîla
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Samuel Coles, flute
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Valérie Hartmann-Claveria, ondes martenot

Debussy: Syrinx for solo flute
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
Messiaen: Turangalîla-Symphonie

Clyne: <<rewind<<


July 2, 2017
Tovey: A Gershwin Spectacular
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Bramwell Tovey, piano

Gershwin [arr. Rose]: Overture to Strike Up the Band


July 9, 2017
Edo de Waart: Ippolito, Mozart, Brahms
Edo de Waart, conductor
Orion Weiss, piano

Ippolito: Nocturne for orchestra
Mozart: Piano Concert No. 25 in C Major, K. 503
Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major, Op. 90


July 16, 2017
Krivine: Liszt, Prokofiev, Dvořák
Emmanuel Krivine, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano

Liszt: Les Préludes
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8


July 23, 2017
Krivine: Liszt, Prokofiev, Dvořák
Emmanuel Krivine, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano

Liszt: Les Préludes
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8


July 30, 2017
Runnicles: Mendelssohn, Mahler
Donald Runnicles, conductor
Robert Chen, violin

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in e
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

 

August 6, 2017
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Richard Goode, piano

Ives: Symphony No. 2
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Op. 28
Mozart: Concerto for Two Pianos (Emanuel Ax, Benjamin Hochman, Orli Shaham, and Orion Weiss, pianos; David Robertson, conductor)


August 13, 2017
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano

Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
Adams: many words of love

Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120
Catalani: Contemplazione


August 20, 2017
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Matthias Goerne, baritone
Jaime Laredo & Jennifer Koh, violins

Schubert arr Strauss: Songs for voice and orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
Bach: Concerto for Two Violins
Elgar: Cockaigne Overture (Vasily Petrenko, conductor)


August 27, 2017
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun
Adams: Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Respighi: The Fountains of Rome (Manfred Honeck, conductor)


September 3, 2017
Christoph von Dohnányi, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano

Lutoslawski: Musique funébre
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Op. 74 (Pathétique)
Mussorgsky: Two Excerpts from Khovanschina (Kirill Petrenko, conductor)


September 10, 2017
Neeme Järvi, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

Glazunov: Concert Waltz No. 1 in D Major, Op. 47
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Op. 19
Sibelius: Suite from Karelia, Op. 11
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 11
Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, K. 543 (Pinchas Zukerman, conductor)


September 17, 2017
Symphony Ball 2015: Riccardo Muti, conductor
Corigliano: Campane de Ravello
Elgar: In the South (Alassio)
Mussorgsky: Pictures from an Exhibition
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
Beethoven: The Consecration of the House Overture


September 24, 2017
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano

Rossini: Overture to Semiramide

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D Major, Op. 107 (Reformation)
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet