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Wednesday, June 10

7:30pm-10:00
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
Conference Concert

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Alisa Weilerstein, cello

Elder
Weilerstein

 From L-R: Sir Mark Elder, Alisa Weilerstein (photos: Sheila Rock)

  • Antonín Dvořák        In Nature’s Realm, Op. 91
  • Antonín Dvořák        Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op. 104,
                                    Alisa Weilerstein, Cello
  • Antonín Dvořák        Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88

Twenty-five-year-old American virtuosa Alisa Weilerstein is featured in Dvorák’s Cello Concerto, one of the most beloved concertos ever written. The pastoral Eighth Symphony is a late-Romantic treasure. A portrait of country life, complete with rustic dances and birdsong, this is one of the Czech composer’s most infectious and familiar works.

Tonight’s performance is part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s three-week Dvořák Festival.

Festival links:

The Dvořák Festival receives support from the following generous donors:  Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Glossberg • Chet Gougis and Shelley Ochab • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Heagy • Judy and Verne Istock • The Kapnick Family • Nancy and Donald Kempf • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP • Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett   Jim and Kay Mabie • James and Susan Matson • Molex, Inc. • The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust • National Endowment for the Arts • Mr. & Mrs. T. Paul B. O’Donovan • Cathy and Bill Osborn • Mr. & Mrs. Albert Pawlick • Jerry Rose • Mr. John Schmidt and Dr. Janet Gilboy • In honor and loving memory of Alice Welsh Skilling • And from a major challenge grant from The Jentes Family.

Thursday, June 11

9:30am-12:00pm

Beyond the Score ®
Sir Mark Elder, conductor
Gerard McBurney, narrator and creative director
Civic Orchestra of Chicago

Elder
McBurney

From L-R: Sir Mark Elder, Gerard McBurney

  • Paul Dukas            Fanfare from La péri
  • Beyond the Score: Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World)
  • Antonín Dvořák            Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95 (From the New World)

Designed not only for classical music aficionados, but also for newcomers looking to delve deeper into the world of classical music, the first half of each Beyond the Score program offers a live multimedia documentary of the selected score—its context in history, how it fits into the composer’s output of works, the details of a composer’s life that influenced its creation—on the stage of Orchestra Hall, sharing the illuminating stories found “inside” the music.  Live musical examples by the Orchestra are called upon to illustrate the structure of each composition.  After an intermission, concertgoers return to the hall with newly discovered knowledge to hear a performance of the score, played in its entirety by the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Today’s performance is part of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s three-week Dvořák Festival.

Festival links:

The Dvořák Festival receives support from the following generous donors:  Mr. & Mrs. Joseph B. Glossberg • Chet Gougis and Shelley Ochab • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas C. Heagy • Judy and Verne Istock • The Kapnick Family • Nancy and Donald Kempf • Kirkland & Ellis, LLP • Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett   Jim and Kay Mabie • James and Susan Matson • Molex, Inc. • The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust • National Endowment for the Arts • Mr. & Mrs. T. Paul B. O’Donovan • Cathy and Bill Osborn • Mr. & Mrs. Albert Pawlick • Jerry Rose • Mr. John Schmidt and Dr. Janet Gilboy • In honor and loving memory of Alice Welsh Skilling • And from a major challenge grant from The Jentes Family.

Major support for Beyond the Score is provided by The Davee Foundation.

Friday, June 12 

9:00am 

Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Allen Tinkham, Music Director
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
Sponsored by BMI, Inc.

Tinkham
Golijov

L-R Allen Tinkham, Osvaldo Golijov 

Golijov Last Round
              
Movido,urgente- macho, cool and dangerous
Strauss
Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

10:00am
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Center Presents MusicNOW

Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
Osvaldo Golijov, Host
Mark-Anthony Turnage, Host

  • Brant Taylor, Cello
  • Cynthia Yeh, Marimba
  • Christina Courtin, Vocalist and Violin
  • Ryan Scott, Dobro
  • Jeremy Flower, Laptop
  • Michael Ward-Bergeman, Hyper-accordion
  • Members of the MusicNOW Ensemble
osvaldo_golijov
Turnage
Flower
Bergeman

 L-R: Osvaldo Golijov (photo: Tanit Sakakini), Mark-Anthony Turnage, Jeremy Flower,
Michael Ward-Bergeman

Osvaldo Golijov            Mariel for Cello and Marimba
-Brant Taylor, Cello
-Cynthia Yeh, Marimba

Mark-Anthony Turnage        Out of Black Dust (CSO Commission)
Jeremy Flower            Self Destruct (CSO Commission)
Michael Ward-Bergeman     Three Roads
-Christina Courtin, Vocalist and Violin
-Ryan Scott, Dobro
-Jeremy Flower, Laptop
-Michael Ward-Bergeman, Hyper-accordion

MusicNOW, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s nationally recognized and critically acclaimed new music series, was created in 1998. The series provides a rare opportunity to experience concert programs completely dedicated to new music, offering works by some of today’s most prominent living composers, including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Osvaldo Golijov, Oliver Knussen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philip Glass and more. Each program is performed by musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra alongside guest artists. Many of the composers whose works are presented attend the concert, make remarks to the audience, and mingle with concertgoers at receptions that follow each performance.

MusicNOW receives funding from a leadership grant from IRVING HARRIS FOUNDATION, Joan W. Harris.  Major support is also provided by Cindy Sargent and the late Sally Hands.  

5:30pm-7:00pm
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park
Grant Park Festival Orchestra and Chorus

BERNSTEIN ON THE WATERFRONT

Carlos Kalmar
Grant Park

L-R: Carlos Kalmar, Pritzker Pavilion 

Carlos Kalmar, Conductor
Christopher Bell, Chorus Director
Chicago Children’s Choir

  • Kernis                Too Hot Toccata
  • Bernstein           On the Waterfront: Symphonic Suite 
  • Shostakovich     Song of the Forests

On the web: Grant Park Music Festival