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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Audio Program Notes are accessible, interesting, and full of information about the works being performed by the CSO as well as the history and personalities behind the music.
Download Program Note PDFs at cso.org/ProgramNotes.

CSO Audio Program Notes Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Audio Program Notes are accessible, interesting, and full of information about the works being performed by the CSO as well as the history and personalities behind the music.
Download Program Note PDFs at cso.org/ProgramNotes.

    CSO Program Notes: Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

    CSO Program Notes: Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

    The 2022/23 season will mark 70 years since Sergei Prokofiev’s death. Riccardo Muti conducts Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony, composed in 1944, which ranks among his greatest achievements. Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 has grandeur and intensity that foreshadows the mature symphonies of Beethoven. The overture to Rossini’s Journey to Reims gathers several of the composer’s buoyant and picturesque themes.

    Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Daniel Schlosberg in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.

    Learn more: cso.org/performances/22-23/cso-classical/muti-conducts-mozart-and-prokofiev

    • 10 min
    CSO Program Notes: Muti & Bronfman

    CSO Program Notes: Muti & Bronfman

    A new season begins as dazzling pianist Yefim Bronfman joins Riccardo Muti and the CSO in Brahms’ unabashedly vigorous and stirring First Piano Concerto. Tchaikovsky’s joyful Second Symphony quotes folk melodies from Ukraine. The program opens with the U.S. premiere of a long-lost and recently discovered score by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a British composer of African descent.

    Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Johann Buis in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.

    Learn more: cso.org/performances/22-23/cso-classical/muti-and-bronfman

    • 16 min
    CSO Program Notes: Muti Conducts Verdi Un ballo in maschera

    CSO Program Notes: Muti Conducts Verdi Un ballo in maschera

    History supplied Verdi with the subject matter for this gripping drama. It is based on the true story of King Gustav III of Sweden, who was assassinated during a masked ball in 1792. Combining political intrigue, a love triangle and a fortune teller’s mysterious prophecy, the opera also contains radiant choral writing and richly scored dance music. Riccardo Muti leads a concert performance featuring a spectacular cast of international singers and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

    Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Derek Matson in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.

    Cast
    Francesco Meli tenor (Riccardo)
    Joyce El-Khoury soprano (Amelia)
    Luca Salsi baritone (Renato)
    Yulia Matochkina mezzo-soprano (Ulrica)
    Damiana Mizzi soprano (Oscar)
    Alfred Walker bass-baritone (Samuel)
    Kevin Short bass-baritone (Tom)
    Ricardo José Rivera baritone (Silvano)
    Lunga Eric Hallam tenor (A Judge)
    Martin Luther Clark tenor (A Servant to Amelia)

    Learn more: cso.org/performances/21-22/cso-classical/muti-conducts-verdi-un-ballo-in-maschera

    • 17 min
    CSO Program Notes: Muti, Mutter & Beethoven Violin Concerto

    CSO Program Notes: Muti, Mutter & Beethoven Violin Concerto

    By turns majestic, lyrical and iconoclastic, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto has been a signature work for Anne-Sophie Mutter ever since it propelled her to fame as a teenager. Riccardo Muti presents it alongside Brahms’ First Symphony, another 19th century landmark whose moods come in vast waves, from brooding, restless melancholy to ecstatic joy.

    Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Carl Grapentine in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.

    Learn more: cso.org/performances/21-22/cso-classical/muti-mutter-beethoven-violin-concerto

    • 16 min
    CSO Program Notes: Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

    CSO Program Notes: Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

    James Gaffigan leads a program etched in vivid colors, including Tchaikovsky’s seductive portrait of Shakespeare’s immortal lovers, Mussorgsky’s windswept Night on Bald Mountain and Saint-Saëns’ riotous Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah.

    Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Stephen Yaness in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.

    Learn about Soundpost, a preconcert discussion about how technology is being used as a tool to push sound by producing not only novel sounds but also innovative works of music.

    Learn more: cso.org/performances/21-22/cso-classical/tchaikovsky-romeo-juliet

    • 12 min
    CSO Program Notes: Salonen Conducts Daphnis & Chloe

    CSO Program Notes: Salonen Conducts Daphnis & Chloe

    Hear how Greek and Roman mythology have captivated composers with tales of betrayal, love and heroism. In Daphnis and Chloe, Ravel uses ravishing orchestral colors and a wordless chorus to depict this pastoral romance. Salonen finds inspiration in the epic struggles of the twin half-brothers Castor and Pollux, depicted in his two-piece orchestral composition, Gemini. Opening the program is Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, a refreshing blend of traditional harmony and contrasting dissonance inspired by Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 77, No. 2.

    Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Derek Matson in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.

    Learn more: cso.org/performances/21-22/cso-classical/salonen-conducts-daphnis-chloe

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

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Great podcast

Really enjoy the history and anecdotes behind each piece on the performance schedule. A good listen even if you're not attending the concert.

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Informative Podcast

This podcast is a great way to learn about an upcoming concert or just learn more about the world of music. It's written with a lot of historical context and good for any music lover or someone who just wants to learn more.

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