Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Saturdays 8-10 p.m.

The CSO Radio Broadcast Series features live concert performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recorded at Symphony Center, alongside selections from the orchestra’s expansive catalog of commercial recordings. Every program is designed to illustrate fascinating stories found inside the music, as well as present insights from the performers themselves.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Denis Kozhukhin, piano

Gershwin: An American in Paris
Ravel: Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Stravinsky: Jeu de cartes (The Card Game)
Ravel: La Valse
Debussy: Jeux
Ravel: Rapsodie espagnol

Listen Saturday February 24 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Robert Chen, violin

Arvo Part: Fratres
Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F Pastorale
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat

Listen Saturday February 17 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
R. Strauss: Don Juan
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Listen Saturday February 10 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Gerard Depardieu, Ivan; Yasen Peyankov, narrator; Michael Brown, the Holy Fool; Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano; Mikhail Petrenko, bass; CSO Chorus

Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird

Listen Saturday February 3 at 8 p.m.

An Alpine Symphony

Jan 26, 2018

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Till Fellner, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat, K. 482
R. Strauss: An Alpine Symphony
Webern: Im Sommerwind (In the Summer Wind)

Listen Saturday January 27 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Christiane Karg, soprano; Michael Nagy, baritone

Mozart: Masonic Funeral Music
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde
Brahms: A German Requiem
Lutoslawski: Funeral Music  (Christoph von Dohnanyi, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 20 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Harry Bicket, conductor
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

Rameau: Suite from Platee
Poulenc: Concert champetre
Rameau: Gavotte with variations (encore)
Bach (arr. Stravinsky): Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach (arr. Crees): Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor  (CSO Brass; Mark Ridenour, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 13 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Juraj Valcuha, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Haydn: Symphony No. 85 in E-flat La Reine (The Queen)
Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No. 1
J. Strauss Jr.: Emperor Waltz
R. Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier
Lutoslawski: Symphony No. 3  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday January 6 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor

Bach: The Six Brandenburg Concertos

Listen Saturday December 30 at 8 p.m.

Dvorak And Prokofiev

Dec 21, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit, conductor
Truls Mork, cello

Stravinsky: Chant funebre ('Funeral Song')
Dvorak: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100
Beethoven: King Stephen Overture  (Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 23 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

Stravinsky: Scherzo a la Russe
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D
Britten: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes  (Jaap van Zweden, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 16 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Susanna Malkki, conductor
Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Bizet: Symphony in C
Faure: Pavane
John Williams: Escapades from Catch Me If You Can
Melinda Wagner: Proceed, Moon
Debussy: Iberia
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun  (Christian Macelaru, conductor)

Listen Saturday December 9 at 8 p.m.

Ravel And Debussy

Dec 1, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
CSO Chorus

Muti Conducts Brahms

Nov 23, 2017

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Listen Saturday November 25 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Catalani: Contemplazione
Martucci: Le canzone dei ricordi  (Joyce Di Donato, soprano)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A, Op.92
Prokofiev: Scythian Suite

Listen Saturday November 18 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck, conductor
Paul Lewis, piano; Regula Muhlermann, soprano

all Mozart:
Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Exultate, Jubilate, K. 165
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat, K. 595
Laudamus te, from Mass in C minor, K. 427
Aria Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio
Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 Haffner
Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543

Listen Saturday November 11 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Donald Runnicles, conductor

Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem
R. Strauss: Death and Transfiguration
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Op. 36
Dvoark: Violin Concerto  (Christian Tetzlaff, violin; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor)

Listen Saturday November 4 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov, conductor
Daniil Trifonov, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1
Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau, from Images, Book 1 (encore)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8
Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia

Listen Saturday October 28 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Julia Fischer, violin

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D, Op. 11
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 Classical

Listen Saturday October 21 at 8 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Verdi: Overture, Gli arredi festivi, and Va, pensiero from Nabucco
Verdi: Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore
Verdi: Patria oppressa from Macbeth
Verdi: Overture to I vespri siciliani
Puccini: Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut
Mascagni: Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Boito: Prologue to Mefistofele
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F, Op. 93

Listen Saturday October 14 at 8 p.m.