Monday, December 28, 2015

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Ein Heldenleben - January 6th - 9th, 2016

Ein Heldenleben

Jan 7
8:00 PM


Thursday, January 7, 2016
British conductor Jonathan Nott leads a wide-ranging program starting with the rambunctious Academic Festival Overture, which Brahms called "a boisterous potpourri of student songs," and ending with Ein Heldenleben, Strauss' tongue-in-cheek tone poem which includes a wry portrait of his beloved wife, Pauline. Also featured is Haydn's charming and stylish Cello Concerto in C Major, played by virtuoso cellist Johannes Moser.


Brahms Academic Festival Overture 
Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major 
Strauss Ein Heldenleben


Preconcert conversation with Carl Grapentine
30 minute run-time
Thursday, January 7, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom


"By the time you get to the end of Ein Heldenleben, there’s this marvelous feeling of things floating and disappearing into some upliftingly spiritual music," says guest conductor Jonathan Nott. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories >
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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Final Fantasy - Distant Worlds


Dec 26
8:00 PM

Saturday, December 26, 2015
This December, Distant Worlds returns to Chicago’s famous Symphony Center, the scene of historic Distant Worlds performances, to complete a fabulous 2015 with this special holiday concert, which includes a spectacular musical tribute to FINAL FANTASY VII! Also featured is the FINAL FANTASY I – XIV Battle Medley, plus the World Premiere performance of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Dragon Song featuring Susan Calloway! With revered FINAL FANTASY composer Nobuo Uematsu in attendance, look to Arnie Roth, and the Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus to deliver heavyweight classics and many more surprises.
Exclusive post show VIP meet/greet ($175) VIP tickets SOLD OUT
There will be a limited capacity meet and greet reception held after the performance. Meet composer Nobuo Uematsu, conductor Arnie Roth, and guest soloist Susan Calloway in an exclusive signing event!
Special meet and greet tickets ($175 per person) include:
• Premium seating for the performance
• Post-show standing reception in Buntrock Hall
• Meet with composer Nobuo Uematsu, conductor Arnie Roth, and guest soloist Susan Calloway
• Autograph session and photo opportunity
Side Terrace (obstructed view) and partial view seating available, to purchase call the Symphony Center Box Office 312-294-3000.
No children 2 years of age and younger. All will require a ticket.


Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Arnie Roth conductor
Susan Calloway guest vocalist
Nobuo Uematsu special guest
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Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Joffrey Ballet - The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker

December 4-27, 2015

Collaboration Conceived and Directed: Robert Joffrey
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
See Robert Joffrey's version of this holiday favorite for the last time! Don't miss this lavish, beloved holiday tradition, with Tchaikovsky's score performed live by The Chicago Philharmonic.

Performances run approximately 2 hours including one intermission.

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Magical Music of Disney


The Magical Music of Disney

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November 28, 2015 1:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center
Stephen Squires, conductor
Thanksgiving weekend has a new tradition! After enjoying your Thanksgiving meal and hunting for bargains, bring the whole family to a magical event! Let the ESO take you to another time and place with the Magical Music of Disney!
Experience the Magical Music of Disney at this family-friendly concert – great for all ages. You’ll love every minute of this performance from the decorative lobby, to the Disney movie clips and the music from Disney movies – old and new! This concert will feature fun narration alongside the orchestra performing familiar Disney music. Kids are welcome to dress up in their favorite costume!
Enjoy film and music from: The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and The Lion King!

From Resident Conductor, Stephen Squires when asked what’s his favorite Disney film and what are his memories of the Walt Disney movies…
“My favorite Disney film is Mary Poppins. I distinctly remember my mother taking me to see it in the theaters when I was 9!Mary Poppins really made an impression on me – it was the first time I ever saw the mixture of live action with animation, and as a 9 year old I had an instant crust on Julie Andrews! All the rest of the Disney films tie for second. When my sons were a similar age, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin came out – I love all of that music!  And of course, Walt Disney talking on T.V. at the beginning of every Sunday night’s Disney T.V. show.”

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Monday, November 02, 2015

Alban Berg's "Wozzeck" at Lyric Opera of Chicago

by Alban Berg

In German with projected English title

Raw, powerful, and transformational in its emotional punch and musical form, Wozzeck is an opera that's meant to shake an audience to its core. Sir David McVicar makes his triumphant return to Lyric to deliver a heart-stopping new production of this 20th-century masterpiece.

Wozzeck, a poverty-stricken soldier, is working to support Marie and their young son, born out of wedlock. Mocked, discounted, and abused by his superiors, when he is cheated on by the only woman he loves, he finally snaps — driven to madness and murder. All that remains is a lonely little boy to remind the world that once there was a man named Wozzeck.

Sir Andrew Davis conducts a work he considers one of the most important pieces written in the 20th century, with a stellar cast that includes Tomasz Konieczny, a favored headliner all across Europe, and Angela Denoke, in one of her signature roles, "dramatically as well as vocally transcendent." Neue Z├╝rcher Zeitung


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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Chicago Symphony Orchestra - On the Waterfront


Oct 23
8:00 PM


Friday, October 23, 2015
Experience a thrilling new presentation of the seminal film On the Waterfront, winner of eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs Leonard Bernstein’s electrifying score as the newly re-mastered film is shown in high definition on the big screen. Directed by Elia Kazan with screenplay by Budd Schulberg, and starring Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb and Eva Marie Saint in her first film role, this classic romantic tragedy remains one of the greatest achievements in the history of movie-making.
On The Waterfront ©1954, renewed 1982 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.   


Bernstein On the Waterfront

Of "On the Waterfront," film critic Roger once observed: "The acting and the best dialogue passages have an impact that has not dimmed; it is still possible to feel the power of the film and of Marlon Brando and Elia Kazan, who changed American movie acting forever." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories >
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