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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

      March 15, 2015

      De Waart Conducts Strauss

      Edo De Waart, conductor
      Eugene Izotov, oboe
      Susanna Phillips, soprano

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

      March 22, 2015

      Pierre Boulez Conducts Bartók

      Pierre Boulez, conductor
      Daniel Barenboim, piano
      Johannes Moser, cello

      Haydn: Symphony No. 103 (Drumroll)
      Rands: Cello Concerto
      Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 1
      Janáček: Sinfonietta

      March 29, 2015

      Stéphane Denčve Conducts Berlioz

      Stéphane Denčve, conductor
      James Ehnes, violin

      Weber:  The Ruler of the Spirits Overture
      Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99
      Berlioz:  Symphonie Fantastique
      Berlioz: Queen Mab Scherzo and Romeo at the Tomb of the  
      Capulets from Romeo and Juliet (Sir Mark Elder, conductor)

      April 5, 2015

      Runnicles Conducts Mahler 5

      Donald Runnicles, conductor
      Robert Chen, violin

      Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
      Mahler: Symphony No. 5

      April 12, 2015

      Christoph Eschenbach Conducts Bruckner 9

      Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

      Beethoven: Egmont Overture
      Rands: Where the Murmurs Die
      Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
      Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (Sir Mark Elder, conductor)

      April 19, 2015

      Muti Conducts Tchaikovsky 3

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Christopher Martin, trumpet

      Panufnik: Concerto in Modo Antico for trumpet and orchestra
      Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite
      Tchakovsky: Symphony No. 3 (Polish)
      Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)

      April 26, 2015

      Haydn Cello Concerto with Pavel Gomziakov and Trevor Pinnock

      Trevor Pinnock, conductor
      Pavel Gomziakov, cello

      Fauré: Masques et Bergamasques
      Haydn: L’Isola Disabitata Overture
      Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major
      Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550
      Rameau: Suite from Les Boreades (Harry Bicket, conductor)

      May 3, 2015

      Carlos Miguel Prieto and Cynthia Yeh

      Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
      Cynthia Yeh, percussion

      Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite
      MacMillan: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel
      Revueltas: Sensemaya
      Lutosławski: Concerto for Orchestra
      Lutosławski: Cello Concerto (Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

      May 10, 2015

      Bronfman Plays Brahms with Michael Tilson Thomas

      Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
      Yefim Bronfman, piano

      RC Seeger: Andante for Strings
      Berg: Three Pieces for Orchestra
      Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15
      Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Rhenish (Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor)

      May 17, 2015

      Dutoit Conducts Ravel

      Charles Dutoit, conductor
      Louis Lortie, piano

      Ravel: Rapsodie espagnol
      D’Indy: Symphony on a French Mountain Air
      Franck: Symphonic Variations
      Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2
      Debussy: Images

      May 24, 2015

      Semyon Bychkov Conducts Mahler 3

      Semyon Bychkov, conductor

      Carter: Soundings (Daniel Barenboim, pianist and conductor)
      Mahler: Symphony No. 3 in D Minor

      May 31, 2015

      A Tribute to Pierre Boulez with Alice Sara Ott and Pablo Heras-Casado

      Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
      Alice Sara Ott, piano

      Boulez: Figures-Doubles-Prismes
      Stravinsky: Four Études
      Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3
      Debussy: Iberia from Images
      Boulez: Notations VII (Daniel Barenboim, conductor)
      Bartók: Divertimento for Strings (Pierre Boulez, conductor)

      June 7, 2015

      Muti Conducts Scriabin

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Alisa Kolosova, mezzo-soprano
      Sergey Skorokhodov, tenor
      Chicago Symphony Chorus

      Scriabin: Symphony No. 1
      Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky
      Mozart: Divertimento in D Major

      June 14, 2015

      A Tribute to Arnold Jacobs

      Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a (Jaap van Zweden, conductor)
      Vaughan Williams: Tuba Concerto in F Minor (Gene Pokorny, tuba) (Jaap van Zweden, conductor)
      Wagner: Prelude to Act I from Der Meistersinger (Fritz Reiner, conductor)
      Prokofiev: “Battle on the Ice” from Alexander Nevsky (Fritz Reiner, conductor)
      Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (II. Giuoco delle coppie) (Fritz Reiner, conductor)
      Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (Sir Georg Solti, conductor)
      Respighi: Fountains of Rome (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

      June 21, 2015

      Honeck Conducts Beethoven 7

      Manfred Honeck, conductor

      Haydn: Symphony No. 93
      Strauss: Don Juan
      Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
      Haydn: Symphony No. 100, Military (Nicholas McGegan, conductor)

      June 28. 2015

      Dutoit Conducts Strauss

      Charles Dutoit, conductor
      John Sharp, cello
      Charles Pikler, viola
      Nikolai Lugansky, piano

      Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in B-flat Major, La Reine
      Strauss: Don Quixote
      Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30