Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti, music director and conductor

Tags/Genres Ensembles, Icons

15-16 Late Seating

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is lauded as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. From Baroque through contemporary music, the CSO commands a vast repertoire, collaborates with visionary artists and uses innovative approaches to develop new audiences. Among the preeminent conductors of our day, the CSO’s 10th music director Riccardo Muti holds more than 40 years of experience at the helm of major orchestras, festivals and opera houses around the world, including the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. This performance features treasured masterworks by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36


The Future Faces of American Orchestras

The Incubator, Hyde Hall
Friday, October 30, 1:30 p.m.— 2:30 p.m.

Today’s top symphonies do much more than perform classical favorites in familiar concert halls. From working with underserved youth and leading music therapy programs to performing in local bars and commissioning work about their home cities, orchestras are creating deeper connections with their communities than ever before. What has driven these changes and what do they mean for future orchestra musicians and the cities they serve? Join us for a conversation about the changing roles of orchestras and their musicians.

Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan
Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras

Martin Sher, North Carolina Symphony Vice President & General Manager

Orchestras and the Evolution of the American City

Historic Playmakers Theatre
Friday, October 30, 6:30 p.m.— 7:30 p.m.

Symphony orchestras and other major cultural institutions have long signaled a city’s cultural arrival and status. As urban centers across the country face economic decline, can orchestras help attract a creative class to enliven downtown spaces with the skilled, talented workers needed to compete in the global economy? Prior to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) performance, join us for a conversation about the relationship between symphonies and the cities they call home with a special focus on the evolution of the CSO.

Jeffrey Alexander, CEO of the Chicago Symphony
Emil Kang, Director of Carolina Performing Arts
Mark Clague, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan
Jesse Rosen, President and CEO of the League of American Orchestras


Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

Angel Fund Benefactor

Student tickets for this performance are made possible by Munroe and Becky Cobey.