U.S. Premieres by the CSO and Theodore Thomas

December 1, 2020, 8:00 pm

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Theodore Thomas in Cincinnati 1902

Throughout his career, Theodore Thomas, founder and first music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchesta, introduced new music to audiences, and all of the works on this program were given their U.S. premieres by the Orchestra under his baton. We will feature music directors Frederick Stock, Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, and Sir Georg Solti, along with guest conductor Herbert Blomstedt, leading works by Glazunov, Dukas, Elgar, Sibelius, and Richard Strauss.


Concert Waltz No. 2, Op. 51, by Alexander Glazunov
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Frederick Stock, conductor

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, by Paul Dukas
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Jean Martinon, conductor

Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (Enigma), by Edward Elgar
Chicago Symphony Orchesta; Sir Georg Solti, conductor

The Swan of Tuonela from Four Legends of The Kalevala, Op. 22, by Jean Sibelius
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Grover Schiltz, english horn; Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

Don Quixote, Op. 35, by Richard Strauss
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Antonio Janigro, cello; Milton Preves, viola; John Weicher, violin; Fritz Reiner, conductor