This Week at the CSO


Experience musical brilliance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this week. From Stravinsky’s revolutionary ‘The Rite of Spring’ to the soul-stirring jazz of Brad Mehldau Trio, immerse yourself in a world of enchanting performances. Don’t miss the orchestral magic – reserve your seat for an unforgettable week at the CSO!

The Rite of Spring & Kavakos (November 16-19

Philippe Jordan, the Swiss conductor and Music Director of the Vienna State Opera, leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s groundbreaking ballet score, ‘The Rite of Spring.’ It’s widely recognized as one of the first examples of Modernism in orchestral music. Celebrated violinist Leonidas Kavakos makes a return to the CSO, showcasing Szymanowski’s folk-inspired Second Violin Concerto. The program kicks off with Mussorgsky’s ‘St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain.

Brad Mehldau Trio (November 17

Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and his trio perform at Symphony Center, presenting audiences with an intense live experience, embodying the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism and pop.

Natural Wonder (November 1920)

This program explores the musical visions of three diverse composers and their connection to the natural world. Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral Symphony’ depicts birds warbling, peasants celebrating outdoors, and a raging thunderstorm across the countryside, inspired by Beethoven’s walks outside his Vienna home.

Gabriella Smith’s 2014 composition, ‘Tumblebird Contrails,’ captures her feelings of ecstasy and wonder during a hike along the rugged California coastline. Hovhaness’ ‘Mysterious Mountain’ features vast, arching melodies suggesting metaphorical summits where the mundane and spiritual worlds converge. Tito Muñoz, music director of the Phoenix Symphony, leads the Civic Orchestra in this free community concert at Nicholas Senn High School (5900 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago) on Sunday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m., and at Symphony Center on Monday, November 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Check the CSO website for more information and tickets.

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