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
Susanna Malkki, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Debussy: Gigues, from Images
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Ades: ...but all shall be well
Sibelius: Violin Concerto (excerpt)  (Hilary Hahn, violin; Marin Alsop, conductor)

Listen Saturday August 24 at 8 p.m.
 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Sondergard, conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Sibelius: Nocturne and Ballade from King Christian II Suite, Op. 27
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23
Schumann: Kinderscenen excerpt (encore)
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 13
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream Overture  (Jean Martinon, conductor)

Listen Saturday August 17 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 (In the Summer Wind)

Listen Saturday August 10 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Feddeck, conductor
Nicholas Angelich, piano

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Emperor
Dvorak: Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Brahms: Tragic Overture  (Sir Georg Solti, conductor)

Listen Saturday August 3 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Robert Chen, violin

Respighi: Fountains of Rome
Respighi: Concerto Gregoriano
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 Pathetique
Dvorak: Carnival Overture  (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday July 27 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony  (Semyon Bychkov, conductor)
Wagner: Rienzi Overture  (Edward Gardner, conductor)
Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 Inextinguishable  (Edward Gardner, conductor)

Listen Saturday July 20 at 8 p.m.
 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
Denis Matsuev, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Sibelius: Etude in A minor (encore)
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73
Mussorgsky (orch. Shostakovich): Kovanschchina excerpts  (Kirill Petrenko, conductor)
Schoenberg: Kol Nidrei  (Riccardo Muti, conductor; Alberto Mizrahi, cantor-narrator)

Listen Saturday July 13 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Thomas Hampson, baritone

Ives-Schuman: Variations on America
Ives-Adams: At the River
Copland: Old American Songs
Still: In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy
Damrosch-Tovey: Danny Deever
Daugherty: Letter to Mrs. Bixby from Letters from Lincoln
Corigliano: One Sweet Morning
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Stravinsky: Petrushka Suite  (Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor)

Listen Saturday July 6 at 8 p.m.
 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano; Paul Appleby, tenor; Nicolas Phan, baritone; Nahuel di Pierno, bass

Weber: Oberon Overture
Raimi: 3 Lisel Mueller Settings
Schubert: Mass No. 6 in E-flat, D. 950
Wagner: Siegfried's Rhine Journey from Gotterdammerung  (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday June 29 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Prokofiev: Sinfonietta
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 Babi Yar
Walker: Lyric for Strings

Listen Saturday June 22 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder, conductor

Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture
Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Elgar: Symphony No. 1
Britten: Suite on English Folk Songs A Time There Was
Walton: Crown Imperial March  (Jay Friedman, conductor)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13 (excerpt) (Riccardo Muti, conductor)

Listen Saturday June 15 at 8 p.m.
 

Smetana: Ma Vlast

Jun 6, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Smetana: Ma Vlast
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Wagner: Die Meistersinger Prelude

Listen Saturday June 8 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Feddeck, conductor
Christopher Martin, trumpet

Franck: Les Eolides (The Breezes)
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture  (Sir Mark Elder, conductor)

Listen Saturday June 1 at 8 p.m.
 

 

All Mozart

May 24, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Robert Chen, leading from Concertmaster's chair, violin soloist

Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
Mozart: Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, K. 314  (Stefan Ragnar Hoskuldsson, flute)
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183
Mozart: Oboe Concerto in C, K. 314  (Ray Still, oboe; Claudio Abbado, conductor)

Listen Saturday May 25 at 8 p.m.

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Clementine Margaine, mezzo-soprano

Stravinsky: Scherzo Fantastique
Jennifer Higdon: Low Brass Concerto
Chausson: Poem of Love and the Sea, Op. 19
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta  (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday May 18 at 8 p.m.
 

Scheherazade

May 9, 2019

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade  (Robert Chen, violin)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C, Op. 21  (Fritz Reiner, conductor)

Listen Saturday May 11 at 8 p.m.
 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Chicago Children's Choir; Riccardo Zanellato, bass

Opera excerpts by Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni & Boito
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet selections

Listen Saturday May 4 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano

Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Op. 19
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A
Kodaly: Dances of Galanta  (Neeme Jarvi, conductor)

Listen Saturday April 27 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Beethoven: King Stephen Overture
Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3
Salonen: Foreign Bodies
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Janacek: Sinfonietta

Listen Saturday April 21 at 8 p.m.

Werner Kmetitsch / IMG Artists

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Andres Orozco-Estrada, conductor
Kelley O'Connor, soprano; Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago; Women of the CSO Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 3
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1 (excerpt)  (Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday April 13 at 8 p.m.

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