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Muti Conducts the Mozart Requiem
Runs Feb 21Feb 23, 2019

“Triumphant… full of power and drama” claimed the Chicago Sun-Times when Riccardo Muti last led the Orchestra and Chorus in Mozart’s Requiem. Experience the composer’s magnificent final masterpiece …

Beethoven Emperor Concerto
Runs Mar 07Mar 10, 2019

David Afkham makes his highly anticipated return to conduct the CSO in Beethoven’s noble Emperor Concerto and Dvorak’s dramatic Seventh Symphony. “Afkham rocked Orchestra Hall with an exciting …

Muti Conducts Beethoven & Wagner
Runs Mar 14Mar 16, 2019

Riccardo Muti leads a wide-ranging program featuring music from Rossini’s witty comic opera Il viaggio a Reims and Wagner’s Overture to Tannhauser. Also on the program are two …

Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony
Runs Mar 21Mar 23, 2019

Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska takes listeners though Mendelssohn’s Scottish travelogue, filled with portraits of the highlands, country dances and the tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots. Internationally renowned …

Salonen Conducts Strauss & Bartok
Runs Mar 28Apr 02, 2019

Renowned conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen leads Strauss’ wondrous Also sprach Zarathustra. The mesmerizing Bluebeard’s Castle, Bartok’s only opera, is performed by John Relyea and Michelle DeYoung, two of the …

Shostakovich 9
Runs Apr 04Apr 06, 2019

Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa returns after an acclaimed 2017 debut that the Chicago Tribune called “blazing with drama and patriotic fervor.” Hear him lead Shostakovich’s spirited Ninth Symphony. …

Chopin & The Mermaid
Runs Apr 11Apr 13, 2019

One of the world’s most sought-after pianists with “virtuosity beyond his years” (Los Angeles Times), Benjamin Grosvenor makes his CSO debut with Chopin’s elegant First Piano Concerto. Esteemed …

Ax Plays Brahms
Runs Apr 18Apr 23, 2019

Enjoy an evening of sumptuous color featuring Debussy’s glistening ode to spring and a work inspired by Bela Bartok’s Hungarian heritage. Symphony Center favorite Emanuel Ax plays Brahms’ …

Mahler 1
Runs Apr 25Apr 27, 2019

Mahler’s transcendent First Symphony set the stage for the modern symphony. Hear this groundbreaking composition performed by “one of the world’s greatest Mahler orchestras” (Chicago Tribune). Gautier Capucon, …

Muti Conducts Pines of Rome
Runs May 02May 07, 2019

Riccardo Muti leads an evening of dramatic and evocative works, pairing Respighi’s captivating Pines of Rome with a rare performance of Bizet’s own portrait of the great city. …

Muti, Uchida & Mozart
Runs May 09May 11, 2019

“Uchida’s remarkable approach to the piano is a given. But the way in which Muti and the Orchestra seemed to be breathing as one with her every second …

Hahn Plays Sibelius Violin Concerto
Runs May 16May 21, 2019

Mikko Franck makes a welcome return to conduct composers of his native Finland, including Sibelius’ spirited Violin Concerto with Hilary Hahn, “the epitome of violinist perfection” (Nurnberger Nachrichten), …

Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Runs May 23May 26, 2019

Experience a lively evening of South American and Spanish music led by charismatic conductor Giancarlo Guerrero in his Orchestra Hall debut. Hear popular works by Ginastera, Chabrier, Piazzolla …

Stravinsky & The Joffrey Ballet
Runs May 30Jun 01, 2019

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Joffrey Ballet bring to life neo-classical works by Stravinsky. This electrifying collaboration includes a world premiere ballet set to the Dumbarton Oaks …

Simone Young Conducts Wagner & Brahms
Runs Jun 06Jun 11, 2019

In her CSO debut, Australian conductor Simone Young, renowned for her interpretations of both opera and symphonic music, leads a radiantly romantic program that includes excerpts from the …

Muti Conducts An American in Paris & Tchaikovsky
Runs Jun 13Jun 15, 2019

Riccardo Muti leads Gershwin’s cinematic An American in Paris and Tchaikovsky’s inventive Suite No. 3. Also on the program is the world premiere of a bass trombone concerto …

Muti Conducts Verdi Aida
Runs Jun 21Jun 25, 2019

“For more than 40 years, Riccardo Muti has been the king of Verdi conductors, the one who most makes you feel you are hearing the composer’s operas for …

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Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. In collaboration with the best conductors and guest artists on the international music scene, the CSO performs well over one hundred concerts each year at its downtown home, Symphony Center, and at the Ravinia Festival on Chicago’s North Shore, where it is in residency each summer. Music lovers outside Chicago enjoy the sounds of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through best-selling recordings and frequent sold-out tour performances in the United States and around the globe.
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