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Jessie Montgomery & Curtis Stewart
Jessie Montgomery & Curtis Stewart

Chicago Opera Theater Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya leads musicians from the CSO in a program dedicated to composer-performers: three-time Grammy Award-nominated violinist and composer Curtis…

Blomstedt Conducts Beethoven 7
Blomstedt Conducts Beethoven 7

Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is treasured by generations of music fans for its whirling dance rhythms and majestic Allegretto movement. It is a calling card for…

Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, “a brilliant musician and an extraordinary visionary” (The Wall Street Journal), presents an enthralling exploration of the keyboard fantasy. Anchored by two of…

Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich
Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich

With his Ninth Symphony, Shostakovich delivered a tragicomic work with nods to Haydn and circus tunes. Uzbek pianist Behzod Abduraimov makes his debut with the…

Carnival of the Animals
Carnival of the Animals

Lina González-Granados leads members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Saint-Saëns’ playful The Carnival of the Animals. Guided by narration from master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston,…

Sheku Kanneh-Mason Plays Elgar
Sheku Kanneh-Mason Plays Elgar

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, hailed by The New Yorker as “a cellist of blazing sensitivity,” makes his CSO debut in Elgar’s rhapsodic Cello Concerto. Paavo Järvi conducts Nielsen’s Fifth…

Fantastic Zoology
Fantastic Zoology

In his Anthology of Fantastic Zoology, Mason Bates uses a teeming array of sounds to portray sprites, sirens, a gryphon and other extraordinary beasts over 11…

An American in Paris in Concert
An American in Paris in Concert

Witness the 1951 MGM musical — starring Gene Kelly as an American ex-GI who falls for a Parisian woman played by Leslie Caron — on…

Seong-Jin Cho Plays Beethoven
Seong-Jin Cho Plays Beethoven

Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto is a landmark of his dark and restless middle period, here featuring Seong-Jin Cho, whose 2018 Chicago debut offered “about as…

Hélène Grimaud
Hélène Grimaud

Prodigious pianist Hélène Grimaud, whose “performances attempt, whenever possible, to shake up conventional pianistic wisdom” (The New Yorker), climbs four summits of the piano literature.…

Ax, Kavakos & Ma
Ax, Kavakos & Ma

Previous visits by this classical superstar trio have been essential events on the Chicago cultural calendar. The three return with an all-Beethoven program that includes…

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