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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Riccardo Muti, Zell music director
Emmanuel Krivine, conductor
Benjamin Grosvenor, piano

A cultural pride and joy of not only Illinois but the nation, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra returns for its 36th performance in its “southern home”—the acoustical splendor of Krannert Center’s Foellinger Great Hall. The orchestra will be conducted by Emmanuel Krivine, one of today’s most distinguished conductors, whose elegant and colorful interpretations have made him a favorite with leading orchestras and soloists around the world. Krivine leads the CSO in Berlioz’s jubilant Roman Carnival Overture, Alexander Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid (based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale)—which was written in 1903 but thought lost until the 1980s—and Chopin’s poetic, expansive Piano Concerto No. 1. The concerto features rising young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, whose performance of the piece has been described as “a delight from start to finish. The lyricism in the opening movement was cleanly rendered, with a touch both muscular and delicate; his playing of the Romance . . . had a singing grace. He realized Chopin’s moment of supreme magic—descending figurations hanging like crystals in the air—to perfection” (The Independent).

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
Zemlinsky: The Mermaid

Dinner Buffet

Before the performance, enjoy a special dinner buffet service at Intermezzo cafe. Select from slow-roasted, hand-carved prime rib or roast pork tenderloin with creamy dijon sauce for $14.95. You’ll receive red-skinned mashed potatoes, fresh steamed vegetables, and rolls with your entree. Service begins at 5:30pm and continues until 7:30pm.

Endowed Underwriters

  • Clair Mae & G. William Arends
  • Marilyn Pflederer & Vernon K. Zimmerman

Endowed Sponsors

  • Carole & Jerry Ringer

Endowed Co-sponsor

  • Anonymous

Patron Sponsors

  • Helen & Daniel Richards

Patron Co-sponsors

  • Carol Berthold
  • James Economy
  • Beverly & Mike Friese

Corporate and Community Bronze Sponsor

  • Hendrick House/Hendrick House Catering

With deep gratitude, Krannert Center thanks all Patron Sponsors and Corporate and Community Sponsors.

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Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Tu Apr 16, 2019 - 7:30pm
(waiting list)
Pick Five+: 58 / SC 53 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 60 / SC 55 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Choral Balcony: 15 / UI & YTH 10 Great Hall Series (5 events): 252 / SC 227 / STU 75 / UI & YTH 50