Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series

Sundays at 8:00 pm
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series

Hear live performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra every week.

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.

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, WFMT and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have partnered for a new Tuesday evening series called From the CSO’s Archives: The First 130 Years.

Robert Chen Leads Mozart

January 23, 2022

An all-Mozart evening

Yashima Conducts Schubert 5

January 30, 2022

To complement the legendary Franz Schubert symphony, the ascendant conductor also leads performances of works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Jessie Montgomery, and Zoltán Kodály.

Szeps-Znaider & Sharp

February 6, 2022

Conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider leads the CSO in music by Augusta Holmès, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Robert Schumann. Rounding out the program, Daniel Barenboim leads excerpts of Richard Wagner‘s Ring cycle.

Muti Conducts Shostakovich 6

February 13, 2022

CSO music director Riccardo Muti leads Dmitri Shostakovich‘s rousing Sixth Symphony plus music by Felix Mendelssohn, Bernard Rands, Franz Liszt, and Arnold Schoenberg.

Muti Conducts Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky

February 20, 2022

Maestro Muti conducts three standout works: Igor Stravinsky‘s the Firebird Suite, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky‘s Polish Symphony, and Franz Schubert‘s Unfinished Symphony. Pierre Boulez rounds out the evening with two more Stravinsky works.

Muti Conducts Beethoven 3

February 27, 2022

In Riccardo Muti's grand return to Chicago after an 18-month hiatus, the maestro leads music by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Georges Bizet, Florence Price, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Celebrating Duain Wolfe and the Chicago Symphony Chorus

March 6, 2022

Duain Wolfe, the director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus since 1994 will retire at the end of the 2021-22 season. The leadership of Wolfe, who is only the second director in the nearly-65-year history of the CSC, is celebrated in this mixed rep program.

Solti Conducts Del Tredici

March 13, 2022

An evening conducted by Sir Georg Solti culminates with soprano Barbara Hendricks in David Del Tredici‘s Final Alice.

Muti & De Maistre

March 20, 2022

Riccardo Muti takes the stage to lead Xavier De Maistre, harp, and the CSO in music by Emmanuel Chabrier, Alberto Ginastera, and Maurice Ravel.

Muti, Gunn & Vernon

March 27, 2022

Two esteemed CSO artists — Jennifer Gunn (piccolo) and Charles Vernon (bass trombone) — take center stage in music by Antonio Vivaldi, Ken Benshoof, and James Stephenson.