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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

      July 5, 2015

      Slatkin Conducts Gershwin and More

      Leonard Slatkin, conductor
      Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

      Barber: Overture to the School for Scandal
      Wm Schuman: Symphony No 6
      Mason Bates: Violin Concerto
      Gershwin: An American in Paris
      Ives: The Unanswered Question (Susanna Mälkki, conductor)
      Ives: Three Places in New England (Susanna Mälkki, conductor)

      July 12, 2015

      Metzmacher Conducts Shostakovich

      Ingo Metzmacher, conductor

      Tchaikovsky: Excerpts from The Nutcracker
      Stravinsky: Petrouchka
      Shostakovich: Symphony No 11, The Year 1905

      July 19, 2015

      Vänskä Conducts Brahms

      Osmo Vänskä, conductor
      Renaud Capuçon, violin
      Gautier Capuçon, cello

      Haydn: Symphony No 101 in D Major, The Clock (Bernard Haitink, conductor)
      Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op 102
      Brahms: Symphony No 1 in C Minor, Op 68

      July 26, 2015

      Petrenko Conducts Rachmaninoff

      Vasily Petrenko, conductor
      Paul Lewis, piano

      Elgar: In the South (Alassio)
      Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 5, Emperor
      Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

      August 2, 2015

      Mei-Ann Chen Conducts Scheherazade

      Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
      Robert Chen, violin

      Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusina Overture
      Price: Mississippi River Suite
      Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
      Chopin: Piano Concerto No 1 (Lang Lang, piano; Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, conductor)

      August 9, 2015

      Van Zweden Conducts Beethoven 5 / Goerne Sings Schubert

      Jaap van Zweden, conductor
      Matthias Goerne, baritone
      Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh,

      Schubert: Songs arranged for voice and orchestra by Richard Strauss
      Beethoven: Symphony No 5
      Bach: Concerto for Two Violins (Harry Bicket, conductor)
      Elgar: Cockaigne Overture (Vasily Petrenko, conductor)

      August 16, 2015

      Dutoit Conducts The Rite of Spring

      Charles Dutoit, conductor
      Daniil Trifonov, piano

      Stravinsky: Symphony in C
      Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
      Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1
      Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring

      August 23, 2015

      Riccardo Muti and Yefim Bronfman

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Yefim Bronfman, piano

      Brahms: Piano Concerto No 2
      Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 1, Winter Daydreams
      Beethoven: Overture to The Consecration of the House

      August 30, 2015

      Muti Conducts Respighi

      Riccardo Muti, conductor

      Dvorak: Symphony No. 5
      Martucci: Notturno
      Respighi: Feste Romane
      Mendelssohn: Symphony No 4, Italian

      September 6, 2015

      Salonen Conducts Tristan

      Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
      Stefan Vinke, tenor
      Linda Watson, soprano

      Wagner: Tristan and Isolde, introduction to act 1
      Wagner: Tristan and Isolde, act 2
      Gabrieli: Sacred Symphony and Canzona (CSO Brass from CSO ReSound)

      September 13, 2015

      Muti Conducts the Pathétique

      Riccardo Muti, conductor

      Scriabin: Symphony No 2
      Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Pathétique
      Prokofiev: From Romeo and Juliet, Montagues and Capulets (from CSO ReSound)

      September 20, 2015

      Yo-Yo Ma Plays Dvorak

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Yo-Yo Ma, cello

      Moncayo: Huapango
      Beethoven: Symphony No 2
      Dvorak: Cello Concerto
      Bloch: Schelomo (Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; from CSO ReSound)

      September 27, 2015

      Muti Conducts Tchaikovsky

      Riccardo Muti, conductor
      Stephanie Jeong, violin
      Kenneth Olsen, cello
      Jonathan Biss, piano

      Ligeti: Lontano
      Beethoven: Triple Concerto
      Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 2
      Anna Clyne: Night Ferry (from CSO ReSound)