Brahms + Beethoven Brahms + Beethoven
Encore broadcast: Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on May 11 & 12, 2018
Louis Langrée, conductor
James Ehnes, violin


Schumann: Overture to Die Braut von Messina (“The Bride of Messina”)
Brahms: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

The Music Hall grand opening season closes with a flourish of musical fireworks. Beethoven’s jubilant Symphony No. 7 was an instant success, further solidifying his stature among his musical heirs, Schumann and Brahms. Schumann’s lesser-known and eloquent overture to Die Braut von Messina (The Bride of Messina) sets the stage for Brahms’ romantic Violin Concerto, featuring the “effusively lyrical” (The Guardian) violinist James Ehnes.


The Storm that Built Music Hall The Storm that Built Music Hall
Encore broadcast: Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on November 4 & 5, 2017
Louis Langrée, conductor
May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director


Bach: Magnificat, BWV 243
Julia Adolphe: World Premiere
Brahms: Triumphlied

Reuben Springer was inspired to fundraise for our treasured Music Hall by a thunderstorm—a tempest that pounded the tin roof of the temporary Saengerhalle and drowned out the voices of the May Festival Chorus. This weekend’s program celebrates music performed during the May Festival’s stormy 1875 season, including Bach’s Magnificat, a Baroque-era treasure, and Brahms’ Triumphlied, a celebratory reflection on the Orchestra’s and the city’s German roots. Looking to the future, the May Festival premieres a choral commission by composer Julia Adolphe.


Le Gala d'Ouverture Le Gala d'Ouverture
Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on September 22, 2018
Louis Langrée, conductor
Gillian Benet Sella, harp
Dwight Parry, oboe d’amore


DUKAS: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
DEBUSSY: Danses sacrée et profane for Harp and String Orchestra
GUILLAUME CONNESSON: Flammenschrift
FAURÉ: Pavane
FAURÉ: Sicilienne from Pelléas et Mélisande
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2

Louis Langrée and the Orchestra invite you to kick off the fall arts season at Music Hall with a bite-sized program of French masterworks followed by drinks and dancing in Music Hall's Ballroom.


Joshua Bell + The Rite of Spring Joshua Bell + The Rite of Spring
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on September 28 & 29, 2018
Louis Langrée, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin


STRAVINSKY: Fireworks
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto
STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring

Violin sensation Joshua Bell opens the CSO season with Sibelius’ only violin concerto, a sublime showstopper in the hands of a master. Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the most influential work of the 20th century, continues to amaze audiences with its flamboyant range of color and primal energy.


Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur Adams' The Dharma at Big Sur
Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on October 5 & 6, 2018
Louis Langrée, conductor
Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Adam Larsen, video artist


JOHN ADAMS: The Chairman Dances
COPLAND: Billy the Kid Suite
BARBER: Essay No. 1
JOHN ADAMS: The Dharma at Big Sur

Anchoring this stunning, all- American program is John Adams’ The Dharma at Big Sur, a lyrical and innovative work featuring an electric violin that, in the composer’s words, “swoops down like a seagull moving in a windstorm.” Video artist Adam Larsen choreographs atmospheric visuals to bring Adams’ West Coast adventure to life.


The Heart of Don Quixote The Heart of Don Quixote
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Russian Masterpieces Russian Masterpieces
Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


One City: Beethoven 9 One City: Beethoven 9
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Tchaikovsky's Fourth Tchaikovsky's Fourth
Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Bronfman Plays Brahms Bronfman Plays Brahms
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Romantic Rachmaninoff Romantic Rachmaninoff
Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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).


Vivaldi's Four Seasons Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Mozart's Requiem Mozart's Requiem
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Majestic Bruckner 8 Majestic Bruckner 8
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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."


Beethoven's Eroica Beethoven's Eroica
Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Orchestral Fireworks Orchestral Fireworks
Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


American in Paris + Amériques American in Paris + Amériques
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Langrée Conducts Beethoven Langrée Conducts Beethoven
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Percussion Master Colin Currie Percussion Master Colin Currie
Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Ravel + Debussy: Colors of Spain Ravel + Debussy: Colors of Spain
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Trifonov plays Beethoven Trifonov plays Beethoven
Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.


Season Finale: Langrée Conducts Mozart + Mahler Season Finale: Langrée Conducts Mozart + Mahler
Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 8:00 pm
Originally performed on 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.