Chicago Symphony Orchestra Preview - December Schedule


The following is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra schedule for December. For updates or tickets visit


SymphonyCenter Presents               Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

SchubertSongSeries                        Christian Gerhaher, baritone

GeroldHuber, piano SCHUBERT  Winterreise, D. 911 Tickets: $55–$99



SymphonyCenter Presents’ new Schubert Song series opens with one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Schubert, baritone Christian Gerhaher (making his Symphony Center recital debut), and his frequent recital partner, pianist Gerold Huber, performing Winterreise. Considered some of the

most beautiful songs ever written, Schubert’s setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller tells of a “winter journey” during which the lover, spurned by his unfaithful beloved, attempts to escape the memories of his heartbreak only to find greater despair. Enhancing the intimacy of these special recitals, seating in Orchestra Hall will be limited, with reserved seats placed on the Armour Stage in order to bring the audience and artists as close as possible.



SymphonyCenter Presents               Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Special Concert                                  Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Fourth Presbyterian Church                 Chanticleer

126 E. Chestnut St.

A Chanticleer Christmas


Tickets: $39–$61


SymphonyCenter Presents is proud to welcome back Chanticleer for its 13th annual performances of “A Chanticleer Christmas” at the elegant Fourth Presbyterian Church on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile (126 E. Chestnut St.). Based in San Francisco and founded in 1978, the 12-voice male a cappella ensemble has developed a remarkable reputation as “an orchestra of voices.” The ensemble celebrates its 36th anniversary this season, and their annual Christmas program features traditional carols, revered sacred works, and delightful holiday favorite.



Chicago Symphony Orchestra        

 Thursday, December 5, 2013, 8 p.m.

 Saturday, December 7, 2 01 3, 8 p.m .  Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Stéphane Denève, conductor James Ehnes, violin


WEBER  The Ruler of the Spirits Overture SHOSTAKOVICH  Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 77 BERLIOZ  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14


Tickets: $32–$241


French conductor Stéphane Denève returns to Chicago for the first time since his debut in 2011 to lead a week of subscription concerts, including a Beyond the Score production of Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique.

Performances on December 5 and 7 feature James Ehnes as soloist in Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Also on the program are Weber’s The Ruler of the Spirits and Berlioz’ dramatic Symphonie fantastique.



Chicago Symphony Orchestra            Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Beyond the Score                               Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3 p.m.

ChicagoSymphony Orchestra Stéphane Denève, conductor Gerard McBurney, creative director




BERLIOZ  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 Tickets: $24–$151

The CSO’s acclaimed Beyond the Score series continues to thrive, and 2013/14 offers new explorations of three symphonies. Conceived and written by Creative Director Gerard McBurney, each presentation of this highly successful series delves into a great masterwork through the seamless integration of historical narrative with live actors, visual illustrations and musical examples performed by the CSO. Conducted by Stéphane Denève, the first Beyond the Score presentation of the 2013/14 season focuses on Berlioz’s famous dream- turned-nightmare. This music—shocking and outrageous for its time—takes audiences on a phantasmagorical adventure that vividly depicts opium-induced hallucinations of murders, executions, a Witches’ Sabbath and more. A Q&A will take place with the Beyond the Score creative team following each performance.



Chicago Symphony Orchestra            Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

ChicagoSymphony Orchestra Stéphane Denève, conductor Gabriel Cabezas, cello


WEBER  The Ruler of the Spirits Overture

SHOSTAKOVICH  Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 107 BERLIOZ  Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14


Tickets: $31–$234


Cellist Gabriel Cabezas makes his CSO subscription concert debut in Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 with conductor Stéphane Denève. Cabezas is the winner of the 15th annual Sphinx Competition and a former winner of the CSO Youth Auditions. He has previously performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and as part of the Symphony Center Presents Chamber Music series, as well as with the CSO on Youth Concerts.

The program also includes Weber’s The Ruler of the Spiris Overture and Berlioz’s Symphony fantastique


Chicago Symphony Orchestra           

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 8 p.m.          

Friday, December 13, 2013, 1:30 p.m.  

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8 p.m.  

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 7:30 p.m.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Jorge Federico Osorio, piano


DVOŘÁK  Husitská Overture, Op. 67 CHÁVEZ  Piano Concerto

MUSSORGSKY  Pictures from an Exhibition


Tickets: $31–$246


Miguel Harth-Bedoya—music director for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra—returns to the CSO with a program centered on Carlos Chávez’s Piano Concerto, featuring Chicago-based pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, who released a recording of the concerto earlier this year. Also on the program are Dvořák’s Husitská Overture and Ravel’s famous orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition.



Chicago Symphony Orchestra           

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 15, 2013, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.  

Friday, December 20, 2013, 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 21, 2013, 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 22, 2013, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.  

Monday, December 23, 2013, 3 p.m.

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Duain Wolfe, creative director and conductor Chicago Symphony Chorus

Welcome Yule! Children’s Ensemble

Welcome Yule! Dance Ensemble


Welcome Yule!


Tickets: $35–$120


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Welcome Yule! is a beloved holiday tradition that is unique to Chicago, now celebrating its 19th year. Conceived and conducted by Duain Wolfe, director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, this full-length musical production is a feast for eyes and ears, with dancers, a children’s chorus, sing- alongs, and appearances by beloved holiday characters. Heartwarming, jubilant and set in the gorgeously decorated Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, Welcome Yule! is first-rate, bell-jingling entertainment for children, teens, adults, and seniors. As an extra Christmas treat, before each performance and during intermissions, choirs from local schools and community ensembles will entertain concertgoers with musical interludes throughout the lobby spaces of Symphony Center.


SymphonyCenter Presents              

Monday, December 16, 2013, 7 p.m.

MusicNOW: Prefusion 

Musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Harris Theater for Music and Dance    Edwin Outwater, conductor 205 E. Randolph Drive                                    Prefuse73, guest artist

Mason Bates, Mead Composer-in-Residence

AnnaClyne, Mead Composer-in-Residence


BATES New Work [MusicNOWCommission, World Premiere] GUZMAN Prometeo & Epimeteo

PREFUSE73 World Premiere Tickets: $25

In their fourth seasons as Mead Composers-in-Residence, Bates and Clyne continue their engaging work with the MusicNOW series. The second concert in the 2013/14 season includes a world premiere from Mason Bates, a solo work by Eduardo Guzman and a brand-new work by Prefuse73, composed just for MusicNOW. One of electronica’s most acclaimed artists, Prefuse73 (Guillermo Herren) creates music in a wide-range of styles, including jazz, hip-hop and abstract electronica.



SymphonyCenter Presents              

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 3 p.m.

Special Concert                                 

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass


Tickets: $33–$122


The incomparable Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass returns for a special afternoon Symphony Center Presents performance. Known for their power and precision, the ensemble performs traditional brass

repertoire as well as symphonic masterworks. The CSO’s brass section has long been known for its matchless brilliance, mighty sound and spectacular power, contributing to the CSO’s legendary and distinctive “Chicago Sound.” With its rich brass sonorities complemented by virtuosic wind and string playing, the music making of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues to elicit worldwide admiration.



Chicago Symphony Orchestra           

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 8 p.m.

Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:30 p.m.  

Saturday, December 21, 2013, 8 p.m.

ChicagoSymphony Orchestra  Christoph Eschenbach, conductor


BEETHOVEN  Overture to Egmont, Op. 84 RANDS  …where the murmurs die… BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 9 in D Minor


Tickets: $31–$217


Christoph Eschenbach—music director of the National Symphony Orchestra—returns to Symphony Center to lead the CSO in Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor (Unfinished). The program opens with Beethoven’s EgmontOverture and …where the murmurs die…by composer Bernard Rands, who celebrates his 80th birthday in March 2014.



Bankof America is the Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tuesday series concerts are sponsored by United Airlines.


MusicNOW receives leadership funding through a challenge grant from Irving Harris Foundation, Joan W. Harris. Generous major support is provided by Cindy Sargent and the Sally Mead Hands Foundation.

MusicNOW Media Sponsors: WBEZ, RedEye, The Onion and Metromix



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, 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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 Unless otherwise indicated photos are by Todd Rosenberg.

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