Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Thursdays @ 8PM

This weekly program presents concerts by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the leading orchestras in the United States, and its acclaimed Music Director Riccardo Muti. Hosted by Lisa Simeone, the series features live concert performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recorded at Symphony Center, alongside selections from the orchestra's expansive catalog of commercial recordings. Every program is designed to illustrate fascinating stories found inside the music, as well as present insights from the performers themselves.

12/2

Thomas Sondergard and Jean Martinon, conductors
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Jean Sibelius:  Nocturne and Ballade from King Christian II, Op. 27
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
Robert Schumann:  Selections from Kinderszenen, Op. 15
Sergei Rachmaninov:  Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13
Felix Mendelssohn:  Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61

12/9

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daniel Barenboim, conductors
John Sharp, cello; Stephen Hough, piano

Johannes Brahms:  Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a
Arnold Schoenberg:  Transfigured Night, Op. 4
Richard Wagner:  Good Friday Spell from Parsifal
John Corigliano:  Symphony No. 1

12/16

Pablo Heras-Casado and Jean Martinon, conductors
Simon Trpceski, piano
Edward Druzinsky, harp; Donald Peck, flute; Clark Brody, clarinet;

Sergei Rachmaninov:  Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Major, Op. 30
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arranged by Mikhail Pletnev):  Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky:  Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter Dreams"
Maurice Ravel:  Introduction and Allegro

12/23

Seiji Ozawa and Andrew Davis, conductors
Paul Lewis, piano

Michael Tippett:  Little Music for String Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15
Michael Tippett:  Praeludium for Brass, Bells, and Percussion
Ludwig van Beethoven:  Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58
Benjamin Britten:  The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34