2017-2018 Season Performances in Music Hall:

The Heart of Don Quixote The Heart of Don Quixote
October 20 & 21, 2018
Louis Langrée, conductor
Christian Colberg, viola
Ilya Finkelshteyn, cello


TELEMANN: Don Quixote Suite
CHRISTIAN COLBERG: Viola Concerto
R. STRAUSS: Don Quixote

Fabled windmill-fighting knight Don Quixote inspires music of adventure and passion. Strauss' homage employs solo cello and viola along with a full orchestra (including a wind machine!) to depict Cervantes' colorful characters. CSO Principal Violist Christian Colberg performs his own Viola Concerto, which also traces the fantasies and triumphs of the chivalrous Spanish knight.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, February 11, 2019 - Monday, February 18, 2019.


Russian Masterpieces Russian Masterpieces
November 2 & 3, 2018
Hannu Lintu, conductor
Yevgeny Sudbin, piano


MUSSORGSKY: Night on Bald Mountain
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 15

“Any chance to hear him should be snapped up,” hails The Daily Telegraph about pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, who makes his CSO debut for Tchaikovsky's wildly popular First Piano Concerto. Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 reaches out into new areas of sound and feeling, with a dramatic finale that fades away into an utterly original infinity of percussion whirrings and clickings.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, February 18, 2019 - Monday, February 25, 2019.


One City: Beethoven 9 One City: Beethoven 9
November 9 & 10, 2018
Louis Langrée, conductor
Angel Blue, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Rodrick Dixon, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director
Members of the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir, William H. Caldwell, resident conductor


JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND: World Premiere
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9, Choral

Ode to Joy! We come together in celebration of Beethoven's dream of shared humanity with his epic Symphony No. 9. Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Bailey Holland shapes the journey with a world premiere commission.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, February 25, 2019 - Monday, March 4, 2019.


Tchaikovsky's Fourth Tchaikovsky's Fourth
November 24 & 25, 2018
Kirill Karabits, conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano


GLIÈRE: The Sirens
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

Pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk—an audience favorite and guest on the CSO’s lauded 2017 tour across Asia–returns with Prokofiev’s impish and popular Piano Concerto No. 3. This Thanksgiving weekend program includes Tchaikovsky’s beloved Fourth Symphony, centering on man’s triumph over the forces of Fate.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, March 4, 2019 - Monday, March 11, 2019.


Bronfman Plays Brahms Bronfman Plays Brahms
November 30 & December 1, 2018
Louis Langrée, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano


BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn
HAYDN: Symphony No. 44, Trauersinfonie
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1

The tempestuous Brahms First Piano Concerto in the hands of a keyboard master like Yefim Bronfman is an incredibly special experience. Pairing beautifully with Brahms is Haydn’s Symphony No. 44, a driving, stormy work of emotion and yearning.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, March 11, 2019 - Monday, March 18, 2019.


Romantic Rachmaninoff Romantic Rachmaninoff
January 4 & 5, 2019
Karina Canellakis, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano


RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
ELGAR: In the South, "Alassio"

The music of Rachmaninoff has touched the heart for generations. Hear Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece (as featured in the film Shine) performed by acclaimed pianist Kirill Gerstein, who “shows how virtuosity and soulfulness can go hand in hand” (The Chicago Sun-Times).

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, March 18, 2019 - Monday, March 25, 2019.


Vivaldi's Four Seasons Vivaldi's Four Seasons
January 11 & 12, 2019
Richard Egarr, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Randolph Bowman, flute


BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4
BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons

Immerse yourself in Vivaldi's The Four Seasons with its musical pictures of birds in the spring, summer storms, autumn harvests and warm fires in winter. Richard Egarr conducts from the keyboard this program of Baroque jewels, opening with two masterpieces by Bach.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, March 25, 2019 - Monday, April 1, 2019.


Mozart's Requiem Mozart's Requiem
January 26 & 27, 2019
David Robertson, conductor
Nicole Cabell, soprano
Kelly O’Connor, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Eric Greene, baritone
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director


BOULEZ: Rituel (in memoriam Bruno Maderna)
MOZART: Requiem

Mozart’s transcendent Requiem—which has inspired stories and speculation—contains the final notes he ever composed. Conductor David Robertson, a preeminent interpreter of Boulez’s music, opens the program with Boulez's moving Rituel, an immersive ceremony of memory.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, April 1, 2019 - Monday, April 8, 2019.


Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet
February 1 & 2, 2019
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Sergei Babayan, piano
Robert Sullivan, trumpet


CAROLINE SHAW: Entr’acte
SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1
PROKOFIEV: Suite from Romeo & Juliet

Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet score paints musical pictures of star-crossed lovers and their journey from naive passion to tragic end. Pianist Sergei Babayan performs Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto, with CSO Principal Trumpet Robert Sullivan providing the concerto’s prominent solos.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, April 8, 2019 - Monday, April 15, 2019.


Majestic Bruckner 8 Majestic Bruckner 8
February 8 & 9, 2019
Donald Runnicles, conductor


BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8

For Anton Bruckner, writing a symphony was nothing short of a spiritual experience. This is no more evident than in his Symphony No. 8, which explores the expanse of human emotion. Fellow composer Hugo Wolf wrote, "This symphony is the creation of a giant.... It was a complete victory of the powers of light of over darkness."

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, April 15, 2019 - Monday, April 22, 2019.


Beethoven's Eroica Beethoven's Eroica
February 23 & 24, 2019
Louis Langrée, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin


BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture
THOMAS ADÈS: Violin Concerto, Concentric Paths
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica

“As ever, the soloist, Leila Josefowicz, astonished,” says The New York Times about our guest artist. A champion of contemporary music, Leila Josefowicz is the ideal interpreter for Adès’ colorful Concentric Paths, which sets the stage for Beethoven’s heroic Third Symphony, a revolutionary work that still resonates today.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, April 22, 2019 - Monday, April 29, 2019.


Orchestral Fireworks Orchestral Fireworks
March 1 & 2, 2019
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano


DVORÁK: The Midday Witch
STRAVINSKY: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
SUK: Scherzo fantastique
JANÁCEK: Sinfonietta

Barber earned a Pulitzer Prize for his Piano Concerto, performed here by Inon Barnatan, whom The New York Times has called “one of the most admired pianists of his generation.” The optimistic Barber pairs beautifully with the Russian romanticism of Rachmaninoff’s beloved Symphonic Dances, all under the baton of the esteemed James Gaffigan.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, April 29, 2019 - Monday, May 6, 2019.


American in Paris + Amériques American in Paris + Amériques
March 15 & 16, 2019
Louis Langrée, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin


GERSHWIN: An American in Paris
BARBER: Violin Concerto
RAVEL: Tzigane
VARÈSE: Amériques

Gershwin's jazzy musical postcard highlights this French-American program, including Gershwin's impressions of France—and Edgard Varèse's raucous reflections of America.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, May 6, 2019 - Monday, May 13, 2019.


Langrée Conducts Beethoven Langrée Conducts Beethoven
March 30 & 31, 2019
Louis Langrée, conductor
Esther Yoo, violin


JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND: Halcyon Sun
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2

The infectious joy of Beethoven’s Second Symphony was in stark contrast to his personal life, as he was losing his hearing while he wrote it. The Prokofiev Second Violin Concerto, played by BBC New Generation Artist Esther Yoo, is a beautiful sonic pairing. We also revisit Halcyon Sun by Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Bailey Holland, premiered by the CSO in 2004.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, May 13, 2019 - Monday, May 20, 2019.


Percussion Master Colin Currie Percussion Master Colin Currie
April 12 & 13, 2019
John Storgårds, conductor
Colin Currie, percussion


NIELSEN: Helios Overture
KALEVI AHO: Sieidi
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5

Colin Currie, a “percussion magician” (Herald Scotland), will explore the flair, groove and color of Aho's percussion concerto. Sibelius' exhilarating Fifth Symphony, whose finale theme was inspired by the call of migrating swans, brings the concert to a sublime close.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, May 20, 2019 - Monday, May 27, 2019.


Ravel + Debussy: Colors of Spain Ravel + Debussy: Colors of Spain
April 27 & 28, 2019
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello


RAVEL: Alborada del gracioso
MATTHIAS PINTSCHER: Un despertar
DEBUSSY: Images

Sounds of Europe abound with Ravel’s high-spirited Alborada del gracioso and Debussy’s Images, a series of musical scenes evoking colors and flavors of Spain. Music Director of the world-renowned Ensemble InterContemporain Matthias Pintscher conducts his own tender Un despertar, written specifically for guest cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, May 27, 2019 - Monday, June 3, 2019.


Trifonov plays Beethoven Trifonov plays Beethoven
May 3 & 4, 2019
Louis Langrée, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano


GLUCK: Dance of the Furies and Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orpheus and Eurydice
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 4
ARVO PÄRT: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
STRAVINSKY: Symphony in C

Hailed by The Times (London) as “the most astounding pianist of our age,” keyboard master Daniil Trifonov makes his first CSO appearance performing Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto. Atmospheric works by Gluck and Pärt create a sound landscape to experience Stravinksky's Symphony in C and Beethoven's poetic concerto in a new way.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, June 3, 2019 - Monday, June 10, 2019.


Season Finale: Langrée Conducts Mozart + Mahler Season Finale: Langrée Conducts Mozart + Mahler
May 10 & 11, 2019
Louis Langrée, conductor
Timothy Lees, violin


MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 5, Turkish
MAHLER: Symphony No. 5

The CSO gave the US premiere of Mahler's Fifth Symphony in 1905, deepening its connection to this central figure in music with a work that was the composer's most personal statement yet. Concertmaster Timothy Lees plays Mozart's ebullient Turkish Violin Concerto, which the composer wrote when he was only 19.

WGUC Broadcast: Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Available at CSO In Concert Monday, June 10, 2019 - Monday, June 17, 2019.