Chicago Symphony Center January Concerts Preview - CSO, Civic Orchestra and more

 

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra resumes its concert series in the New Year. Symphony Center also hosts free Civic Orchestra concerts and the Jazz series.  Here is a sneak preview of the January schedule--

 

 

In the Park with Civic

Saturday, January 11, 201 4 , 11 a.m .

NorthPark Village Nature Center    5801 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL

 

Tickets: These performances are free; no tickets are required.

 

Chamber ensembles from the Civic Orchestra present free, interactive concerts in neighborhoods across Chicago as part of the MusiCorps In the Park with Civic series, a music education and advocacy program. In January, wind, brass, string and percussion ensembles perform Saturda y,

 January 11 at 11 a.m . at North Park Village Nature Center;

Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m . at Indian Boundary Park; Sunday, January 19 at 3 p.m . at the National Museum of Mexican Art;  

Saturday, January 25, at 11 a.m . at Kosciuszko Park Fieldhouse;

For more information about In the Park with Civic performances, call 312-294-3803.

 

 

In the Park with Civic  

Sunday, January 12, 2014, 3 p.m .

 

Indian Boundary Park, 2500 W. Lunt Ave.    Chicago, IL                          

Members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago

 

Tickets: These performances are free; no tickets are required.

 

Chamber ensembles from the Civic Orchestra present free, interactive concerts in neighborhoods across Chicago as part of the MusiCorps In the Park with Civic series, a music education and advocacy program. In January, wind, brass, string and percussion ensembles perform Saturda y,

 Januar y 11 at 11 a.m . at North Park Village Nature Center; S und a y, Ja nuar y 1 2 at 3 p.m . at Indian Boundary Park; Sund a y, Ja nuar y 19 at 3 p.m . at the National Museum of Mexican Art; and Sa turda y,

 Januar y 25, at 11 a.m . at Kosciuszko Park Fieldhouse; For more information about In the Park with Civic performances, call 312-294-3803.

 

 

In the Park with Civic   

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 3 p.m .

National Museum of Mexican Art       

1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL

Tickets: These performances are free; no tickets are required.

 

Chamber ensembles from the Civic Orchestra present free, interactive concerts in neighborhoods across Chicago as part of the MusiCorps In the Park with Civic series, a music education and advocacy program. In January, wind, brass, string and percussion ensembles perform Saturday, January 11 at 11 a .m . at North Park Village Nature Center; Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m . at Indian Boundary Park; Sunday, January 19 at 3 p.m . at the National Museum of Mexican Art; and Saturday, January 25, at 11 a.m . at Kosciuszko Park Fieldhouse; For more information about In the Park with Civic performances, call 312-294-3803.

 

 

 

Symphony Center Presents               Sunday, January 19, 2014, 7 p.m.

Schubert Song Series                        Matthias Goerne, baritone

Christoph Eschenbach, piano SCHUBERT  Die schöne Müllerin, D. 795 Tickets: $55–$99

The Symphony Center Presents Schubert Song series continues in January with renowned, sensitive interpreters of Schubert, baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach as they join forces for a performance of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin. Fellow countrymen Goerne and Eschenbach have performed Schubert lieder together to great acclaim around the world and have recorded all three of the great song cycles for Harmonia Mundi. Balancing Schubert’s talent for writing poignant and beautiful melodies with his desire to write songs that had an epic emotional sweep, Die schöne Müllerin completely redefined the art song genre and was the first song cycle he wrote to the poems of Wilhelm Müller.

 

Here is a video clip of Eschenbach playing Schubert with another soloist--

Eschenbach playing Schubert with another soloist

 

 

 

Civic Orchestra of Chicago                Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 8 p.m.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago Cliff Colnot, conductor Winston Choi, piano

 

No Strings Attached

Program to include:

COPLAND  Fanfare for the Common Man STRAVINSKY  Symphonies of Wind Instruments MESSIAEN  Oiseaux exotiques

 

Tickets: This performance is free, but tickets are required.

 

The Civic Orchestra’s wind, brass and percussion sections receive a concert-length showcase with a performance aptly titled “No Strings Attached.” Civic Orchestra Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot leads Copland’s magisterial Fanfare for the Common Man, Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Messiaen’s Oiseaux exotiques featuring guest pianist Winston Choi. The program will also include new arrangements of famous orchestral excerpts by Colnot, who in addition to his busy conducting career is a noted arranger and orchestrator.

 

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra            Friday, January 24, 2014, 8 p.m.

CSO at the Movies                              Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Richard Kaufman, conductor

 

HERRMANN  Vertigo

 

Tickets: $85–$210

 

Considered by many to be one of the best films of all time, Vertigo is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most acclaimed—and most personal—films. Equal to Hitchcock’s mastery of suspense and storytelling in this psychological thriller is Bernard Herrmann’s haunting and hypnotic score. Experience what the New York Times has called a “symphony for film and orchestra” in this live screening accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

 

To get in the mood for Vertigo, watch this trailer from the 1958 movie--

 

 

 

In the Park with Civic

Saturday, January 25, 2014 , 11 a.m .  

2732 N. Avers Avenue,  Chicago, IL

 

Tickets: These performances are free; no tickets are required.

 

Chamber ensembles from the Civic Orchestra present free, interactive concerts in neighborhoods across Chicago as part of the MusiCorps In the Park with Civic series, a music education and advocacy program. In January, wind, brass, string and percussion ensembles perform Saturday , Januar y 11 at 11 a .m . at North Park Village Nature Center;

Sunday, January 12 at 3 p.m . at Indian Boundary Park; Sunday, January 19 at 3 p.m . at the National Museum of Mexican Art; and Sat urda y, Ja nuar y 25, at 11 a.m . at Kosciuszko Park Fieldhouse; For more information about In the Park with Civic performances, call 312-294-3803.

 

 

SymphonyCenter Presents               Sunday, January 26, 2014, 3 p.m.

Chamber Music Series                       Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

EmanuelAx, piano

 

BRAHMS  Four Serious Songs, Op. 121 BRAHMS  Selected Songs

BRAHMS  Selected Solo Piano Works

MUHLY  Work for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano [SCP Co-commission]

 

 

Tickets: $21–$87

 

Pianist Emanuel Ax has invited four of today’s most important composers—Nico Muhly, Anders Hillborg, Brett Dean and Missy Mazzoli—to write new compositions to be presented alongside some of Brahms’ most esteemed works in the 2013/14 season. The project begins in January on the Symphony Center Presents Chamber Music series, pairing Ax with mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter performing Brahms’ FourSeriousSongs, other songs and solo piano works by Brahms and a commission for mezzo-soprano and piano by young American composer Nico Muhly. Muhly studied composition under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano at Juilliard and also worked with Phillip Glass as a MIDI programmer. His first full-length opera, TwoBoys, was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera in 2011 for a world premiere in 2013/14, and he is also active as a composer for film, including writing the score for 2009 Academy Award Best Picture nominee TheReader.

 

Here is a video clip of Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano, singing Brahms in another performance.

 

 

Chicago Symphony Orchestra           

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 8 p.m.

Friday, January 31, 2014, 1:30 p.m.  

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8 p.m.

ChicagoSymphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti, conductor

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Giovanni Sollima, cello

 

SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200 SOLLIMA  Double Cello Concerto

[CSO Commission, World Premiere] SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, D. 417 (Tragic)

 

Tickets: $35–$278

 

Among Maestro Muti’s programming for the 2013/14 season is a special survey of Schubert’s orchestral music, including the symphonies and a lieder series. Featured with music of Schubert on this program is the world premiere of a CSO-commissioned work by composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima for two cellos and orchestra. Sollima’s music has been championed by Maestro Muti, who has commissioned and led premieres of his compositions at both the Ravenna Festival and La Scala. For this premiere with the CSO, Sollima and the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma perform the solo parts. Highly influenced

by ethnic, jazz and rock traditions, Sollima’s eclectic approach has led to collaborations with performers from a wide range of musical genres. Recently, Sollima began teaching at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome where he was given the highest musical honor in Italy as a Member of the Academy.

 

 

SymphonyCenter Presents  Jazz Series

 An Evening with Branford Marsalis            

Friday, January 31, 2014, 8 p.m .  

 

Tickets: $28–$88

 

Branford Marsalis returns to Symphony Center for his first appearance since 2011. He debuted on the Symphony Center Presents Jazz series in 2002 and has appeared at Orchestra Hall numerous times since, including soloing with the CSO in 2007. A virtuoso on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, as well as a three- time Grammy winner and a Tony nominee, he has set himself apart with his impeccable technique and interpretive insight, embracing his art form’s long tradition while diving into infinite improvisational possibilities. A member of the storied Marsalis family—which collectively received a 2011 NEA Jazz Master award—he has made an indelible mark on the history of jazz and continues to shape its future. Making their Symphony Center debut opening for Marsalis is Ray Anderson’s Pocket Brass Band, headlined by the boisterous trombone of Chicago native Ray Anderson.

 

 

Bankof America is the Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

 

Sponsorship of the Music Director and related programs is provided in part by a generous gift from the Zell Family Foundation.

 

The Symphony Center Presents Jazz series is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank. Media Sponsors: Downbeat, WBEZ, Chicago Sun-Times

 

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago is sponsored in part by JP Morgan Chase & Co.

 

MusiCorps: In the Park with Civic is presented through a partnership with the Chicago Park District.

 

 

TICKETS for all 2013/14 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Center Presents and Civic Orchestra of Chicago concerts can be purchased by calling CSO ticketing services at 312-294-3000 or 800-223-7114, online at cso.org, or by visiting the Symphony Center box office at 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604. Discounted student tickets can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call 312-294-3040. Artists, programs and ticket prices are subject to change.

 

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