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.

Muti Conducts Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky

June 20, 2021

Plus Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony.

Alsop & Hahn

June 27, 2021

Ravinia chief conductor and curator Marin Alsop takes the podium to conduct the CSO and guest artist Hilary Hahn in music by Brahms, Sibelius, and Rachmaninoff.

Muti Conducts Brahms & Franck

July 4, 2021

Plus music by Johann Strauss II and Verdi conducted by the CSO’s music director.

Muti Conducts Brahms Double Concerto

July 11, 2021

Plus music by Wagner and Robert Schumann conducted by CSO music director Riccardo Muti.

Muti Conducts Verdi Requiem

July 18, 2021

An all-Verdi program culminating in the Requiem.

Celebrating Adolph “Bud” Herseth’s Centennial

July 25, 2021

A program in honor of the long-tenured CSO musician, who held the title of principal trumpet in the orchestra from 1948 until 2001.

Muti Conducts Mendelssohn & Dvořák

August 1, 2021

Plus music by Respighi and Martucci.

Gaffigan & Yeh

August 8, 2021

Music by Shostakovich and contemporary composer Avner Dorman.

Tilson Thomas & Denk

August 15, 2021

Music by Mahler, Beethoven, Brahms, and Schoenberg conducted by the former music director of SF Symphony.

Haitink Conducts Beethoven & Brahms

August 22, 2021

Plus music by Weber and Webern.

Barenboim Conducts Smetana & Wagner

August 29, 2021

Music conducted by the former chief conductor of the CSO.

Krivine, Faust & Jacobs

September 5, 2021

Emmanuel Krivine conducts Isabelle Faust, violin, and Paul Jacobs, organ, in music by Brahms, Robert Schumann, Guillemain, Saint-Saëns, and Bach.

Haitink Conducts Beethoven

September 12, 2021

An all-Beethoven program: two symphonies and the overture to Leonore.

Muti Conducts ‘Cavalleria rusticana’

September 19, 2021

Mascagni’s crowning opus, plus Bizet’s Roma, are featured on this program.