Live from Ravinia Festival: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 88th summer season at Ravinia with Chief Conductor Marin Alsop in a festive evening of all-American music.

Shani & Rana

Lahav Shani makes his CSO debut in Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances. Included in the program is Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1 and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini featuring Beatrice Rana.

Carmina burana

Osmo Vänskä leads the CSO in Orff’s Carmina burana featuring Joélle Harvey, Reginald Mobley and Hugh Russell. Plus a Seiji Ozawa-conducted performance of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide.

De Waart & Haitink

An all-Beethoven program from the CSO’s Archives.

Chicago Music and Arts Events for Summer 2024

Summer arts riches — from open air concerts to music legends passing through our great city.

CSO MusicNOW & Curator-Composers Announced for ’24–25

Two composers with strong Chicago ties…

Muti, Chen & Mozart Gran Partita

This week, Riccardo Muti conducts Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 (Gran Partita), highlighting a dozen members of the orchestra’s wind section. Opening the program is Cimarosa’s Overture to Il matrimonio segreto. In between, Concertmaster Robert Chen joins in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.

Thielemann Conducts Bruckner

Christian Telemann returns to the CSO podium to conduct Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. The broadcast also includes works by Richard Wagner and Mason Bates.

Muti Conducts Beethoven

Riccardo Muti conducts three of Beethoven’s works, beginning with his Coriolan Overture and followed by his eighth and fifth symphonies. Plus, the CSO Brass performs Barber’s Mutations from Bach, selections from Bach’s The Art of Fugue and Michael Tilson Thomas’s Street Song.

Szeps-Znaider & Carpenter

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider returns to the CSO in Poulenc’s Concerto in G Minor for Organ, Strings, and Timpani and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3, featuring Cameron Carpenter. Opening the program is Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Zhang & Trpčeski

Xian Zhang leads the CSO in Prokofiev’s Sixth Symphony and Nokuthula Ngwenyama’s Primal Message. In between, Simon Trpčeski joins her in Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Opening the program, Sir Georg Solti leads the CSO in Brahms’s Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, Op. 56a from 1997 London recording.

Music and Conversation with Elim Chan

Ahead of her CSO debut, Chan visits WFMT to share musical highlights and a live chat.

With Summer Near, 25th Annual Rush Hour Concerts Announced

The series presents savvy commuters with free, approachable concerts at River North’s Saint James Cathedral.

Hrůša Conducts Má vlast

This week, we hear Jakub Hrůša’s CSO debut concert program, Smetana’s Má vlast. Opening the broadcast is Pierre Boulez conducting Mahler’s Totenfeier from a 1996 Deutsche Grammophon recording.

Conductor Andrew Davis, who headed Lyric Opera of Chicago and orchestras on 3 continents, dies

Davis made his Lyric Opera debut in 1987 and led about 700 performances of 62 operas by 22 composers.

Rakitina, Weilerstein, & Tchaikovsky

Anna Rakitina makes her debut with the CSO leading an all-Tchaikovsky program. Included in the program is the Russian Romantic master’s Capriccio Italien, Variations on a Rococo Theme, Pezzo capriccioso, plus Suite from The Nutcracker.

Solti Foundation US Names 2024 Fellow

Previous recipients have included Karina Canellakis, Roderick Cox, and Gemma New.

Mäkelä Conducts López Bellido & Mahler 5

CSO music director-designate Klaus Mäkelä returns to the Symphony Center podium.

CSO Names Klaus Mäkelä as Music Director

The new music director designate is just 28 years old. He’ll be the youngest in orchestra history when he takes the baton.

Italy marks 80th anniversary of WWII-era massacre in Rome with a concert honoring the dead

Riccardo Muti conducted the Italian premiere of William Schuman’s Ninth Symphony, which the composer wrote after visiting the site of a 1944 massacre in Rome.

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.

Janáček; J. Strauss, Jr. & Mussorgsky

Sampling conductors: Ozawa, Gould, Reiner, and Giulini

Esa-Pekka Salonen to leave San Francisco Symphony, citing dispute with orchestra’s board

“I do not share the same goals for the future of the institution as the board of governors does,” Salonen said in a statement.

Alsop, Conlon, Dudamel: Ravinia Shares ’24 Season

Plus chamber music and ensemble appearances from renowned Chicago artists.

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.

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