Joshua Bell + The Rite of Spring

Sunday August 4, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Originally performed on September 28 & 29, 2018

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.

Music:

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


Beethoven's Eroica

Sunday August 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Originally performed on February 23 & 24, 2019

“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.

Music:

BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture
THOMAS ADÈS: Violin Concerto, Concentric Paths
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3, Eroica


Langrée Conducts Beethoven

Sunday August 18, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Esther Yoo, violin
Originally performed on March 30 & 31, 2019

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.

Music:

JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND: Halcyon Sun
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2


Tchaikovsky's Fourth

Sunday September 1, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Kirill Karabits, conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano
Originally performed on November 24 & 25, 2018

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.

Music:

GLIÈRE: The Sirens
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 3
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4


Bronfman Plays Brahms

Sunday September 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Louis Langrée, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
Originally performed on November 30 & December 1, 2018

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.

Music:

BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme of Haydn
HAYDN: Symphony No. 44, Trauersinfonie
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1


Romantic Rachmaninoff

Sunday September 15, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano
Originally performed on January 4 & 5, 2019

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).

Music:

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 3
BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
ELGAR: In the South, "Alassio"


Orchestral Fireworks

Sunday September 22, 2019 at 8:00 pm:

Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Peter Serkin, piano
Originally performed on March 1 & 2, 2019

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.

Music:

DVORÁK: The Midday Witch
STRAVINSKY: Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
SUK: Scherzo fantastique
JANÁCEK: Sinfonietta


One City: Beethoven 9

Sunday January 5, 2020 at 8:00 pm:

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
Originally performed on November 9 & 10, 2018

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.

Music:

JONATHAN BAILEY HOLLAND: World Premiere
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9, Choral


Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Sunday January 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm:

Richard Egarr, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Randolph Bowman, flute
Originally performed on January 11 & 12, 2019

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.

Music:

BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 4
BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons