Chicago Symphony Orchestra Retrospective

Mondays at 7 p.m.
  • Hosted by Lisa Simeone

Produced by Jesse McQuarters and hosted by Lisa Simeone, this weekly, two-hour series offers a unique format of engaging and lively content, including produced segments created to provide deeper insight into the music and programmatic themes found within the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s concert season; interviews with CSO musicians, guest artists, and composers; and an exploration of the stories found within the CSO’s rich heritage of recordings and the Orchestra’s illustrious history in Chicago. 

October 2:

  • Schoenberg: Kol Nidre (Alberto Mizrahi, narrator; Chicago Symphony Chorus) Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti, Op. 145a (Ildar Abdrazakov,
  • bass)
  • Bates: Anthology of Fantastic Zoology Berlioz: Lelio: Fantasy on Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Chicago Symphony Chorus)

October 9: Riccardo Multi conducts Italian Opera Masterworks

  • Verdi: Overture to Nabucco (Chicago Symphony Chorus) Verdi: Gli arredi festivi from Nabucco (Chicago Symphony Chorus)
  • Verdi: Va, pensiero from Nabucco (Chicago Symphony Chorus)
  • Verdi: Vedi! Le fosche notturne from Il trovatore (Chicago Symphony Chorus)
  • Verdi: Patria oppressa! From Macbeth (Chicago Symphony Chorus) Verdi: Overture to I vespri siciliani
  • Puccini: Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
  • Boito: Prologue to Mefistofele (Riccardo Zanellato, bass; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Chicago Children’s Choir)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93

October 16: Riccardo Muti conducts Brahms

  • Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61 (Julia Fischer, violin)
  • Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25 (Classical)

October 23: Daniil Trifonov and Semyon Bychkov play Rachmaninov

  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Daniil Trifonov, piano)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 65
  • Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia (Tugan Sokhiev, conductor)

October 30: Donald Runnicles conducts the “Enigma” Variations

  • Britten: Sinfonia da requiem, Op. 20
  • Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
  • Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma), Op. 36
  • Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53 (Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)