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Hear live performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra every week
The Chicago Symphony presents a 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, Hilary Hahn, and Daniil Trifonov; as well as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mitsuko Uchida, and Bernard Haitink. The two-hour Chicago Symphony Orchestra broadcasts include dynamic and innovative commentary which takes the listener behind the scenes and into the music.
Harding Conducts The Planets
Experience the ferocity of “Mars,” the golden song of “Jupiter,” the eerie calm of “Saturn” and the haunting off-stage vocals of the ethereal “Neptune.”
Haitink Conducts Beethoven & Brahms
A 2007 broadcast from CSO’s archives: Bernard Haitink—the Orchestra’s principal conductor from 2006 until 2010—leads Beethoven’s Seventh and Brahms’s Second symphonies. The program opens with Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz and includes Webern’s Passacaglia for Orchestra.
Hrůša Conducts Mahler 9
This valedictory score contains the many hallmarks of Mahler’s symphonies — their grand scale, profound emotions, and folk dance themes — capped by an ethereal finale that achieves a sense of transcendent rapture.
Boulez & Aimard
This week, a special broadcast from the CSO’s Archives. Pierre Boulez, the CSO’s Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus, leads Haydn’s Symphony No. 103 (Drum Roll) and Ligeti’s Piano Concerto featuring soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. The program continues with Bartók’s The Miraculous Mandarin.