"Glorious Earth" Preview- The Chicago Philharmonic's glorious new 2017-2018 season

 The Chicago Philharmonic will present a unique and diverse offering of symphonic concerts across the Chicago area in its new season for 2017-2018, Glorious Earth”.

The Chicago Philharmonic with guest vocalists in "Legendary Lovers"; photo by Elliot Mandel

In the words of Conductor/Artistic Director Scott Speck, "The virtuoso musicians of the Chicago Philharmonic always play with such warmhearted empathy and emotion! We have devoted a season to the glories of being alive on this planet, with an array of masterpieces that show us what it means to be human."

This year, the orchestra expands its symphonic subscription season to six concerts, with performances at Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston, North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie and The Harris Theater for Music and Dance in downtown Chicago, where they became a resident company last year.

 The orchestra, fresh from their first New York appearance at Lincoln Center performing Sergei Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet” with The Joffrey Ballet, were praised by The Financial Times, for “Thoroughly envelop[ing] us…Intent on the characters, the music whizzes, bounds and sears like grief...”. The Chicago Philharmonic continues a decades- long tradition of presenting both well-loved classics and groundbreaking new works.

The Chicago Philharonic with Maestro Gerhardt Zimmermann in "Paths of Passion"; photo by Ryan Bennett

  UPCOMING CONCERTS FOR 2017-2018:

 1)  BODY AND SOUL

October 15 2017, 7pm

Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston

 SCOTT SPECK Conductor

APOLLO CHORUS OF CHICAGO

EVANSTON CHILDREN’S CHOIR

MARTHA GUTH Soprano

HUGH RUSSELL Baritone

JUSTIN BERKOWITZ Tenor

CARL ORFF, “Carmina Burana”

CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS, “Rainbow Body”

IGOR STRAVINSKY, “Firebird Suite”

 Approximate running time 2 hours including intermission

The Chicago Philharmonic in "Haunted Hearts"; photo by Elliot Mandel

 2)  SONOROUS EARTH

November 12, 2017, 3pm

Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Chicago

 SCOTT SPECK Conductor

THIRD COAST PERCUSSION

AUGUSTA READ THOMAS Composer

 AUGUSTA READ THOMAS, “Sonorous Earth”

JOAN TOWER, “Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman No. 5”

WOLFGANGF AMADEUS MOZART,” Symphony No. 41” (Jupiter)

 Approximate running time 2 hours including intermission

3) BOWS AND BEASTS

March 4, 2018, 3pm
Pick-Staiger Hall, Evanston

SCOTT SPECK Conductor
PER TENGSTRAND Piano
SHAN-SHAN SUN Piano

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS, “Carnival of the Animals”
PYOTR ILYCH TCHAIKOVSKY, “Serenade for Strings”
ANTONIO VIVALDI, “Concerto for Four Violins in E minor”, RV 550
OGDEN NASH, “Verses” for Camille Saint-Saëns, “Carnival of the Animals”

Approximate running time 2 hours including intermission

4) BEYOND THE BLACK SEA

April 8, 2018, 3pm
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie

SCOTT SPECK Conductor

XIAYIN WANG Piano

 PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, “Symphony No. 5”

SERGEI RACHMANINOFF, “Piano Concerto No. 2”

PHILIP GLASS, Music from “The Secret Agent”

Approximate running time 1 hour (no intermission)

Conductor/Artistic Director Scott Speck and The Chicago Philharmonic in "Daring Dups"; photo by Elliot Mandel

5) The DREAM, With Visceral Dance Chicago

April 29, 2018, at 3PM

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, Skokie

SCOTT SPECK Conductor
NICK PUPILLO Choreographer

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH, “Symphony No. 8 in C minor”, “Chamber Symphony”, “String Quartet no. 8”
OSVALDO GOLIJOV, “Mariel”
PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY, “Elegy” from “Serenade for Strings”
JOHNNY GREENWOOD, “Proven Lands”, “Future Markets”, and “Oil” from “There Will be Blood”
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF, “Vocalise"

HECTOR VILLA-LOBOS, “Aria” from “Bachianas Brasileiras no. 5”
MINORU MIKI, “Time for Marimba”
THOM YORKE, “Creep”
ALLESSANDRO MARCELLO, “Adagio” from “Oboe Concerto in D minor”
ENNIO MORRICONE, “Gabriel’s Oboe” from “The Mission”

Approximate running time 1 hour (no intermission)

The Chicago Philharmonic with Visceral Dance Chicago in "The Dream"; photo by Quinn Wharton

6) HOLLYWOOD HEROES

May 27 2018, 3pm
Harris Theater, Chicago

Walk the red carpet dressed as your favorite Hollywood hero or star as Chicago Philharmonic presents a thrilling afternoon of music from the silver screen.

Full program to be announced

BEYOND THE SYMPHONIC SEASON:

 Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players (cp2)

A chamber music series at City Winery and other venues continues in 2017-2018, drawing from The Chicago Philharmonic Society’s pool of over 200 musician members. These concerts, presenting a wide range of small ensembles in intimate settings, will be announced at a later date.

 Outreach Programs

Programs including The Chicago Philharmonic Mentorship Program, “Side By Side, NEXT!” and “Families To The Philharmonic” will reach communities across Chicago and the surrounding area. Additional summer programs will be announced at a later date.

 Joffrey and Ravinia

The Chicago Philharmonic will continue to serve as the official orchestra of The Joffrey Ballet in its 2017-2018 season, and perform alongside musicians of international fame at the Ravinia Festival in 2017.

 “We are excited to be sharing our music and musicians’ talents in a wider offering of concerts and venues this year. From supporting new works to performing beloved favorites with inspiring soloists from afar, as well as bringing forward the best Chicago has to offer, we are passionate about connecting to-and truly being the orchestra for-the people of Chicago,” states Donna Milanovich, Executive Director, Chicago Philharmonic Society

The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players at The City Winery; photo by Elliot Mandel

For more information and tickets for any of the great programs and events offered by The Chicgo Philharmonic, go to the Chicagophilharmonic website

 

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