Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces that tickets for a festive array of seasonal concerts in November and December 2014 go on sale tomorrow, Friday, July 25

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July 24, 2014

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces that tickets for a festive array of seasonal concerts in November and December 2014 go on sale tomorrow, Friday, July 25. CSOA-presented 2014/15 Holiday programs offer audiences of all ages and tastes a chance to share unique, family-friendly events and treasured music of the season beginning November 28 and continuing through December 23. The performances take place, unless otherwise noted, at Symphony Center which is located at 220 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

Holiday programming kicks off Thanksgiving weekend with three performances of PIXAR IN CONCERT featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Richard Kaufman in a delightful program inspired by classic Pixar films such as the Toy Story trilogy, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. Up, Brave and more.  The performance on Friday, November 28 at 8 p.m. officially opens the 2014/15 CSO at the Movies series, with two additional non-subscription performances offered on Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 30 at 3 p.m. Memorable scores from  Pixar’s 14 films including their latest release, Monsters University, will be played live by Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians alongside visually stunning clips of some of the most beloved characters in animation history.

A Thanksgiving-weekend tradition at Symphony Center, the VIENNA BOYS CHOIR returns to Chicago for a matinee performance on Saturday, November 29 at 3 p.m. Highlighting holiday favorites and carols, new compositions as well as folk songs both sacred and secular, the choir’s enchanting program delights audiences of all ages. The beloved choir was founded more than 500 years ago and is known for its polished sound, irresistible charm and mastery of a wide range of repertoire, from music of the Renaissance to contemporary works. Throughout the choir’s history, the talented boys of the ensemble have worked with such musical luminaries as Mozart, Gluck and Bruckner, and the choir once counted Franz Schubert as one of its singers.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s WELCOME YULE!, now in its 20th year, is a spectacular holiday tradition that is unique to Chicago. Conceived and conducted by Duain Wolfe, director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, this full-length musical production is a feast for eyes and ears, with dancers, a children’s chorus, sing-alongs, and appearances by beloved holiday characters. This year, Welcome Yule! is presented December 13 through 23 with performances on Saturday, December 13 at 3 p.m.; Sunday, December 14 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Friday, December 19 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 20 at 3 p.m.; Sunday, December 21 at 3 p.m.; Monday, December 22 at 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, December 23 at 3 p.m.

Heartwarming, jubilant and set in the gorgeously decorated Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, WELCOME YULE!  is first-rate, bell-jingling entertainment for children, teens, adults, and seniors. As an extra Christmas treat, before each performance and during intermissions, choirs from local schools and community ensembles will entertain concertgoers with musical interludes throughout the lobby spaces of Symphony Center.

The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble CHANTICLEER marks its 14th annual Chicago engagement of “A Chanticleer Christmas” with two performances on Tuesday, December 2, and Wednesday, December 3. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are presented in the elegant Fourth Presbyterian Church on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile (126 E. Chestnut St.). Based in San Francisco and founded in 1978, the 12-voice male a cappella ensemble has developed a remarkable reputation as “an orchestra of voices.” Undeniably one of the world’s foremost choruses, Chanticleer was also named 2008 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America, the first time a vocal ensemble has been so recognized. Celebrating their 37th anniversary this season, Chanticleer offers a seasonal program filled with traditional carols, revered sacred works, and delightful holiday favorites.

On Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m., Grammy-nominated and internationally renowned female a cappella ensemble SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK® presents “Celebrating the Holydays,” a one-of-a-kind concert featuring music from faiths and religions around the globe performed through stunning vocals rooted in the rich textures of African American traditions. With American, Latin, Chinese, African and Hebrew influences, this program honors the holiday spirit from Christmas to Kwanzaa. The repertoire includes traditional holiday standards such as “Go Tell It on the Mountain,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and more, blended with new holiday favorites.

The incomparable CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (CSO) BRASS returns for a weekday matinee performance on Thursday, December 18 at 3 p.m. Known for their power and precision, the ensemble performs traditional brass repertoire as well as symphonic masterworks and holiday treasures. The CSO’s brass section has long been known for its matchless brilliance, mighty sound and spectacular power.

Program and Ticket Details

Tickets for all CSOA-presented 2014 holiday performances may be purchased beginning Friday, July 25 by calling Symphony Center at 312-294-3000, online at, or by visiting the Symphony Center box office at 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604. All performances take place at Symphony Center unless otherwise noted.

Artists, programs and prices are subject to change.

Bank of America is the Global Sponsor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
CSO at the Movies

Friday, November 28 at 8 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Richard Kaufman
, conductor

Pixar in Concert

Tickets: $45-$228

Symphony Center Presents
Special Concerts

Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 30 at 3 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Richard Kaufman, conductor

Pixar in Concert

Tickets: $45-$228

Symphony Center Presents
Special Concert

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 3 p.m.
Vienna Boys Choir

Tickets: $25-$85

Symphony Center Presents
Special Concerts
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

“A Chanticleer Christmas”

Tickets: $39-$61

Symphony Center Presents
Special Concert

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3 p.m.

“Celebrating the Holydays”

Tickets: $25-$75

Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s
Welcome Yule!

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Friday, December 19, 2014, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 3 p.m.
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3 p.m.
Monday, December 22, 2014, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 3 p.m.
Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Duain Wolfe, creative director and conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Welcome Yule! Children’s Ensembles
Welcome Yule! Dance Ensemble

Welcome Yule!”

Tickets: $35-$120

Symphony Center Presents
Special Concert

Thursday, December 18 at 3 p.m.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass


This performance is presented in collaboration with the Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra conference.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: and
Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Its music director since 2010 is Riccardo Muti, one of the preeminent conductors of our day. Pierre Boulez is the CSO’s Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus; Yo-Yo Ma is the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant. Mason Bates and Anna Clyne are the CSO’s Mead Composers-in-Residence.

From the baroque through contemporary music, the CSO commands a vast classical repertoire. The renowned musicians of the CSO annually perform more than 150 concerts, most at Symphony Center in Chicago and, each summer, at the suburban Ravinia Festival. They regularly tour nationally and internationally; since 1892, the CSO has made 57 international tours, performing in 28 countries on five continents.

Listeners around the globe enjoy weekly radio broadcasts of CSO concerts and recordings on the WFMT network and online at Recordings by the CSO have earned a total of 62 Grammy Awards, including two in 2011 for the first recording Muti released with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem.

The parent organization for the CSO is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. It includes the Chicago Symphony Chorus and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a training ensemble. Through its Symphony Center Presents series, the CSOA presents guest artists from a variety of genres—classical, jazz, pop, world, and contemporary.

The Negaunee Music Institute at the CSO offers a variety of community and education programs that engage more than 200,000 people of diverse ages and backgrounds. Through the Institute and other activities, the CSO promotes the concept of Citizen Musicianship: using the power of music to create connections and build community.

The CSO is supported by tens of thousands of volunteers; patrons; and corporate, foundation, government, and individual donors. Bank of America is the Global Sponsor of the CSO.

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