Feb 23

Muti Conducts Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible with Gérard Depardieu

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, February 23, 2017

The collaboration between Sergei Prokofiev and director Sergei Eisenstein was one of the most brilliant in 20th-century art. Riccardo Muti leads the CSO and Chicago Symphony Chorus in Prokofiev’s music from Eisenstein’s epic film Ivan the Terrible, the riveting story of a bloodthirsty tyrant, with narration by internationally renowned actor Gérard Depardieu.

This concert will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

Note for the Newcomer: Composer Prokofiev and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein worked together closely while Prokofiev wrote music for Ivan the Terrible, with the two discussing each film scene individually. Eisenstein also held off on completely editing each film sequence until the corresponding music was finished, making Ivan the Terrible a true artistic collaboration.

Program

Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible

Feb 24

Muti Conducts Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible with Gérard Depardieu

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Friday, February 24, 2017

The collaboration between Sergei Prokofiev and director Sergei Eisenstein was one of the most brilliant in 20th-century art. Riccardo Muti leads the CSO and Chicago Symphony Chorus in Prokofiev’s music from Eisenstein’s epic film Ivan the Terrible, the riveting story of a bloodthirsty tyrant, with narration by internationally renowned actor Gérard Depardieu.

This concert will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

Note for the Newcomer: Composer Prokofiev and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein worked together closely while Prokofiev wrote music for Ivan the Terrible, with the two discussing each film scene individually. Eisenstein also held off on completely editing each film sequence until the corresponding music was finished, making Ivan the Terrible a true artistic collaboration.

Program

Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible

Feb 25

Once Upon a Symphony: The Three Little Pigs

Once Upon a Symphony

10:00 AM Saturday, February 25, 2017

Three pigs build houses of straw, wood, and brick. Meanwhile, a hungry wolf threatens to blow down each of the pigs' houses. The wolf's plan would have succeeded...if it were not for the courageous thinking of the third pig. This story emphasizes the importance of caring for others, particularly in the face of challenging circumstances. Preconcert activities begin 45 minutes before the performance. Perfect for children 3-5 years old!

Once Upon a Symphony is produced and presented in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Feb 25

Once Upon a Symphony: The Three Little Pigs

Once Upon a Symphony

11:45 AM Saturday, February 25, 2017

Three pigs build houses of straw, wood, and brick. Meanwhile, a hungry wolf threatens to blow down each of the pigs' houses. The wolf's plan would have succeeded...if it were not for the courageous thinking of the third pig. This story emphasizes the importance of caring for others, particularly in the face of challenging circumstances. Preconcert activities begin 45 minutes before the performance. Perfect for children 3-5 years old!

Once Upon a Symphony is produced and presented in collaboration with Chicago Children’s Theatre.

Feb 25

Micheaux’s Body and Soul Screening and Lecture with New Score by Renee Baker

Volunteer Events

3:00 PM Saturday, February 25, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s African American Network celebrates National Black History Month with a special screening of renowned African American filmmaker, Oscar Micheaux’s 1925 silent movie “Body and Soul”, starring Paul Robeson in his motion picture debut with the new creative jazz score by Renee Baker.

"Throughout the film, in fact, Baker's score serves as a kind of counterpoint to what's happening visually… you feel you're practically hearing their dialogue…Baker's edgy score brings "Body and Soul" wholly into the 21st century." —Chicago Tribune

Attendees are invited to a post-concert Q&A following the screening.

Hosted by Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s African American Network

 

Program

Baker Body and Soul

Performers

Renee Baker lecturer

Feb 25

Muti Conducts Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible with Gérard Depardieu

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, February 25, 2017

The collaboration between Sergei Prokofiev and director Sergei Eisenstein was one of the most brilliant in 20th-century art. Riccardo Muti leads the CSO and Chicago Symphony Chorus in Prokofiev’s music from Eisenstein’s epic film Ivan the Terrible, the riveting story of a bloodthirsty tyrant, with narration by internationally renowned actor Gérard Depardieu.

This concert will be approximately one hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.

Note for the Newcomer: Composer Prokofiev and filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein worked together closely while Prokofiev wrote music for Ivan the Terrible, with the two discussing each film scene individually. Eisenstein also held off on completely editing each film sequence until the corresponding music was finished, making Ivan the Terrible a true artistic collaboration.

Program

Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible

Feb 26

KODO: DADAN 2017

SCP Specials

3:00 PM Sunday, February 26, 2017

The world’s foremost taiko ensemble Kodo returns to Symphony Center for a thunderous performance that explores the limitless possibilities of traditional Japanese drumming with precision, dexterity and speed. “Superlatives don’t really exist to convey the primal power and bravura beauty of Kodo” (Chicago Tribune).

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is please to invite you to an exclusive party celebrating Japanese culture in Grainger Ballroom immediately following the Kodo concert. For more information, click here.

PERFORMERS

Feb 26

Civic Chamber at Indian Boundary Park

Civic Orchestra

3:00 PM Sunday, February 26, 2017

This performance is free. No tickets required.

Program

Vaughan-Williams Piano Quintet in C minor
Schumann Piano Quartet in E-Flat major, Op. 47

Performers

Civic Piano Quintet

Feb 26

Remix: Rhythm and Revelry

Volunteer Events

5:00 PM Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is pleased to invite you to REMIX: Rhythm & Revelry — an exclusive party celebrating Japanese culture in Grainger Ballroom immediately following the Kodo concert on February 26, 2017. 

REMIX: Rhythm & Revelry guests will enjoy cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, sushi bar creations by Kamehachi restaurant, Koto performances, Japanese whiskey and sake tastings and a special performance by members of the CSO’s Percussion Scholarship Program.

3:00 p.m. Kodo Dadan Concert
5:00 p.m. Postconcert REMIX Party

Click here for your invitation!

Event tickets are $500 for Box Seats and $350 for prime main floor or lower balcony seats. All event tickets include the concert and postconcert party. The ticket price includes a tax-deductible donation which supports the CSOA and activities of the Negaunee Music Institute that brings classical music to underserved communities.

Please contact Kim Duffy at duffyk@cso.org to make a reservation.


REMIX: Rhythm & Revelry is a fundraiser presented by the Women’s Board of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

 

BOX SEAT PACKAGE - $500

MAIN FLOOR/LOWER BALCONY PACKAGE - $350

 

 

Feb 28

Civic Orchestra: Glière Symphony No. 3

Civic Orchestra

8:00 PM Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Conductor and CSO Principal Trombone Jay Friedman leads the Civic Orchestra in a performance of Reinhold Glière’s epic Symphony No. 3 in B minor (Ilya Muromets). Scored for nearly 100 musicians, the massive symphony depicts the life of Slavic folk hero Ilya Muromets, who, according to legend, befriended giants and conquered monsters and tyrants. The work earned the distinguished Russian composer his third Glinka Award in 1914, having previously received the prestigious honor in 1905 and 1912.

Program

Glière Symphony No. 3 (Ilya Muromets)

Mar 1

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

SCP Jazz

8:00 PM Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra returns for another stellar evening at Symphony Center. Don’t miss musical icon Wynton Marsalis leading one of the world’s greatest jazz bands in unforgettable performances of original tunes and classic selections. “You know it’s a good gig when you can’t tell if the band or the audience is having more fun” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).

Please note day of week.

Note: Due to speaker placement for this event, patrons in the Terrace will not experience the same high quality of sound as in other areas of Orchestra Hall.

Mar 2

Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Thursday, March 2, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after all Tuesday CSO concerts.

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."

Program

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Widely considered “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” (Chicago Tribune), the mighty Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis comprises some of today’s most outstanding and virtuosic jazz musicians. They join forces with the unparalleled musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for an electrifying, one-night-only event that includes classical works paired with newly arranged jazz versions and a selection from Marsalis’ own Swing Symphony, which The Telegraph calls “a journey through jazz history and the sounds of America itself.”

Note: Due to speaker placement for this event, patrons in the Terrace will not experience the same high quality of sound as in other areas of Orchestra Hall.

Program

Glinka Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Ellington Selections from The River
Mussorgsky Pictures from an Exhibition
Selected movements performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra along with movements arranged and performed by members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Marsalis All-American Pep from Swing Symphony

Mar 4

Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival

Rental Event

1:30 PM Saturday, March 4, 2017

The eighth annual Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival brings together top wind ensembles from around the country for a shared performance in famed Orchestra Hall. Each ensemble will feature a piece by the prolific band composer, Percy Grainger, as well as works by other fine composers, including festival clinician Frank Ticheli. The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Free box seating is available for groups of 15 or more on a first-come, first-served basis.

The festival is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information and to request tickets please visit the Grainger Wind Band Festival or call 1-800-395-2036.

Program

Concert Band selections by Percy Grainger, including “Children’s March”, “Irish Tune from County Derry”, “Molly on the Shore”, and much, much more.

Performers

South Dakota State University Wind Symphony
Eden Prairie High School Wind Ensemble
Shoreview Northern Lights Variety Band

Mar 4

Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

8:00 PM Saturday, March 4, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after all Tuesday CSO concerts.

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."

Program

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Mar 5

St. Petersburg Philharmonic

SCP Orchestra

7:00 PM Sunday, March 5, 2017

“Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra surpassed all expectations… the St. Petersburg Philharmonic spilled forth music in the purest form possible—straight from each score’s soul and into the hearts of listeners” (The Washington Post). The acclaimed St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Music Director Yuri Temirkanov return to Symphony Center with a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 featuring Russian pianist Nikolai Lugansky.

PROGRAM

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

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