Chicago's Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series welcomes acclaimed saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa and vibraphonist Stefon Harris and Sonic Creed for a double bill on Friday, February 26, at 8:00 p.m. Two of today's most exciting young jazz band leaders, Harris and Mahanthappa showcase their newest projects in this evening of genre-crossing jazz.
Since its debut at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival, the Mack Avenue SuperBand's all-star lineup has undergone four incarnations with the latest being helmed by jazz bassist Christian McBride. Fresh from recording his new album, Out There, with his Christian McBride Trio, the celebrated virtuoso will be bringing the supergroup to Chicago for the Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz series on Friday, February 19, at 8 p.m.
After making his subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra more than 40 years ago, famed German pianist Menahem Pressler is set to make his solo piano debut at the Symphony Center later this month as part of The Symphony Center Presents PowerShares QQQ Piano series. In addition to all the awards and accolades Pressler has received in his 70-year career, his televised Berlin Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert was recently named 2015 Album of the Year by noted music commentator Norman Lebrecht.
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has been a welcome visitor at Symphony Center five times since 1996. On Sunday, the orchestra, celebrated as Israel’s foremost cultural ambassador, will bring a program to Chicago that includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 “Eroica,” Ravel’s La Valse and a work by contemporary Israeli composer Josef Bardanashvili. Zubin Mehta, the orchestra’s music director for life, will lead the program at Symphony Center on November 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Pianist Cédric Tiberghien will open the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “Reveries and Passions” festival of French music with a solo recital of music by Debussy, Ravel and Szymanowski at Symphony Center on Sunday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. This Symphony Center Presents program, inspired by the Festival's overall themes of beauty, fantasy and the darkness of night, will open with one of the most challenging solo piano pieces in the repertoire: Ravel's 'Gaspard de la nuit.'
Violinist Hilary Hahn will present a solo recital at Symphony Center on April 12, featuring works by Bach, Schumann and Debussy, as well as selections from her Grammy Award-winning album 'In 27 Pieces.' Hahn released her newest album, 'Mozart 5, Vieuxtemps 4 – Violin Concertos,' on March 31.
Maverick organist Cameron Carpenter will perform his original macabre score to 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' during a screening of the classic silent film at Symphony Center on Halloween.
Soprano Susanna Phillips and bass-baritone Eric Owens will sing a program of favorite Schubert songs in a special Mother’s Day concert at Symphony Center in Chicago on May 11.
Pink Martini will return to Symphony Center in Chicago on March 7 at 8:00 p.m., with special guests The von Trapps, the great-grandchildren of the famous 'Sound of Music' family. Together they will sing classic songs and selections from their latest album, 'Dream a Little Dream.'
French conductor Stéphane Denève will lead the CSO in an exploration of Hector Berlioz’s 'Symphonie Fantastique' on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. at Symphony Center.
Symphony Center of Chicago will ring in the holidays with a festive schedule of seasonal concerts in November and December.
UPDATE: The concert is streaming live at www.cso.org/verdi and on the CSO's Facebook page.
The Mariinsky Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, will return to Symphony Center on October 2 with an all-Stravinsky program, featuring The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. The orchestra last performed at Symphony Center in 2010.
Igudesman & Joo will return with "BIG Nightmare Music" at Symphony Center on October 18.
This season of notable composer anniversaries continues with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tribute to Verdi's 200th anniversary over the next four weeks, starting with their season-opening concert at Symphony Center on Thursday.