Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Saturdays 8-10 p.m.

The CSO Radio Broadcast 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.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Smetana: selections from The Bartered Bride
Barber: Cello Concerto, Op. 22
Dvorak: Symphony No. 5 in F, Op. 76
R. Strauss: finale scene from Salome  (Inge Borkh, soprano; Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday February 16 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Renaud Capucon, violin

Glanert: Brahms-Fantasie
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Barber: School for Scandal Overture  (Leonard Slatkin, conductor)

Listen Saturday February 9 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Christoph Eschenbach, conductor
David Fray, piano

Weber: Die Freischutz Overture
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 in A, Op. 90 Italian
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2  (Jean Martinon, conductor)

Listen Saturday February 2 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53  (Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 26 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Marek Janowski, conductor

Weber: Euryanthe Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 in B-flat, Op. 60
Wagner: Tannhauser Overture and Venusberg Music
Wagner: Preludes to Acts 3 and 1 of Die Meistersinger
Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat, K. 191  (Claudio Abbado, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 19 at 8 p.m.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Haydn: Symphony No. 85 La Reine (The Queen)
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1
J. Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltz
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier Suite
Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 12 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Richard Kaufman and John Williams conduct music of John Williams.

Listen Saturday January 5 at 8 p.m.

Poulenc & Gounod

Dec 28, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Alain Altinoglu, conductor
Sandrine Piau, soprano; Michael Schade, tenor; Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone

Prokofiev: Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op. 33a
Poulenc: Gloria
Gounod: St. Cecilia Mass
Ravel: Mother Goose Suite  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 29 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Emmanuel Krivine, conductor
Isabelle Faust, violin; Paul Jacobs, organ

Brahms: Tragic Overture
Schumann: Violin Concerto
Guillemain: Amusement pour le violon seul, Op. 18
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, with Organ
Bach: Fugue in D, BWV 532
Wagner: Tannhauser Overture  (Daniel Barenboim, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 22 at 8 p.m.

Neeme Jarvi Conducts

Dec 14, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Robert Chen, violin

Arvo Part: Fratres
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F, Op. 68 Pastoral
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E flat

Listen Saturday December 15 at 8 p.m.

Daphnis And Chloe

Dec 7, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Matthias Pintsher, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Debussy (orch. Ravel): Sarabande and Danse
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe (complete ballet)
Bernstein: On the Waterfront Suite  (James Gaffigan, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 8 at 8 p.m.

Anne Ryan

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Mahler: Symphony No. 9
Mahler: Songs  (Yvonne Minton, mezzo-soprano; Georg Solti, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 1 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Till Fellner, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K. 482
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony
Webern: Im Sommerwind

Listen Saturday November 24 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Mendelssohn: Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream  (Frederick Stock, conductor)
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2  (Maurizio Pollini, piano; Claudio Abbado, piano)
Stravinsky: Symphony in C  (Georg Solti, conductor)
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet selections  (Riccardo Muti, conductor)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73 Emperor  (Artur Schnabel, piano; Frederick Stock, conductor)

Listen Saturday November 17 at 8 p.m.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
John Malkovich, narrator

George Walker: Lyric for String Orchestra
Copland: Lincoln Portrait
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 From the New World
Mussorgsky (orch. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition

Listen Saturday November 10 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Mitsuko Uchida, piano
Alison Wahl, soparno; Women of the CSO Chorus

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37
Liszt: Dante Symphony

Listen Saturday November 3 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Giovanni Antonini, conductor and flautino
Avi Avital, mandolin
Boccherini: Symphony No. 6 in D minor La Casa del Diavolo
Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto in C, RV 425
Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052; arr. for mandolin
Trad. Bulgarian (arr. Avital): Bucimis
Vivaldi: Flautino Concerto in C, RV 443
Haydn: Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Drumroll
Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582  (Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass)

Listen Saturday October 27 at 8 p.m.

Edo de Waart Conducts

Oct 17, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Edo de Waart, conductor
Daniel Gingrich, horn

Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Prague
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
R. Strauss: Metamorphosen

Listen Saturday October 20 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano; Paul Appleby, tenor; Nicolas Phan, tenor; Nahuel de Pierro, bass; Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus

Weber: Oberon Overture
Raimi: Three Lisel Mueller Settings
Schubert: Mass in E-flat, D. 950
Wagner: Siegfried's Rhine Journey, from Gotterdammerung  (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday October 13 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Rossini: William Tell Overture
Ogonek: All These Lighted Things
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 Romantic
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 Classical

Listen Saturday October 6 at 8 p.m.