Invitation to the Dance

January 19, 2021, 8:00 pm

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Dances that musically depict spirited celebrations and elegant occasions, as well as one of history’s most provocative moments are part of this wide-ranging program. Highlights include Dance of the Hours from Ponchielli’s La Gioconda, the Polovtsian Dances from Borodin’s Prince Igor and the Dance of the Seven Veils from Strauss’s Salome, culminating with Falla’s ballet The Three-Cornered Hat in performances led by former music directors Frederick Stock, Fritz Reiner, Sir Georg Solti, and Daniel Barenboim, along with Ravinia Festival music director Seiji Ozawa and frequent guest conductor Morton Gould.


Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65, by Carl Maria von Weber (Berlioz arr.)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor

Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, by Alexander Borodin
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Dance Symphony, by Aaron Copland
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Morton Gould, conductor

Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome, by Richard Strauss
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Fritz Reiner, conductor

Mephisto Waltz No. 1 (The Dance at the Village Inn), by Franz Liszt
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Dance of the Hours from La Gioconda, by Amilcare Ponchielli
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Frederick Stock, conductor

The Three-Cornered Hat, by Manuel de Falla
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim, conductor