Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s (CSOA) ANNOUNCES PROGRAM UPDATES TO 2014/15 SEASON PROGRAMS

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August 7, 2014




2014/15 SEASON ON MARCH 24, 2015


Tickets Go On Sale Friday, August 8, at 10 a.m.


CHICAGO—Since the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s (CSOA) announcement of its 2014/15 season earlier this year, a new concert has been added and many programs now have updated artist and repertoire information available.

Tickets for all CSOA-presented events in the 2014/15 season go on sale Friday, August 8 at 10 a.m. and are available online at, by calling 312-294-3000 or by visiting the Symphony Center box office at 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.

A Symphony Center Presents (SCP) special concert featuring the world-renowned Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, led by artistic director Stephen Cleobury has been added to 2014/15 season concert schedule on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago located at 126 Chestnut Street. This marks the Choir’s third appearance presented by Symphony Center since 2008 and features a program of traditional and contemporary English choral repertoire.

Several other 2014/15 programs have been changed or updated.  Details appear below.


  • The 2014/15 MusicNOW series programming for the four-concert series was announced on May 21, 2014. Download the MusicNOW series announcement press release here or access individual program information for the Monday 7 p.m. concerts on September 29, January 19, March 23 and June 1.
  • CSO at the Movies and special film programming featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestrafor the 2014/15 season was announced on March 27, 2014. Download the announcement release here. There are six film programs in the upcoming season beginning with 1925 MGM silent film Ben-Hur on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:30 p.m. and concluding with Metropolis on Friday, May 29 at 8 p.m.
  • The program for the Symphony Center Presents Piano series concert on Sunday, October 26 at 3 p.m. featuring pianist Maurizio Pollini includes Schumann’s  Arabesque and Kreisleriana as well as Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Berceuse and Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat Major, Op. 53.
  • The Symphony Center Presentsspecial concert, Mazowsze Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble,scheduled for Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • The Symphony Center Presents special concert The Cheiftains scheduled for Sunday, December 7 at 3 p.m. has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Two additional non-subscription performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis have been added. The matinee performance on Saturday, February 14, at 1 p.m. is a Jazz for Young People concert and Saturday, February 14, at 8 p.m. features the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis and a special guest to be announced.
  • The program for the Symphony Center Presents Chamber Musicconcert on Sunday, April 12 at 3 p.m. featuring violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Cory Smythe includes Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano; Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano; and J.S. Bach’s Partita No. 3 for Violin.
  • The program for the Symphony Center Presents Piano seriesconcert on Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m. featuring Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin has been changed and now includes Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 (Waldstein); Prokofiev’s Sonata No. 4 in C Minor; select Nocturnes and Mazurkas by Chopin and  Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 (Rákóczi March).
  • The CSO at the Movies presentation of the silent film Metropolis on Friday, May 29 at 8 p.m. will be led by conductor Cristian Macelaru.


Once Upon A Symphony featuring Members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra are specially designed programs for children ages three to five with age-appropriate music, storytelling, video projections, activities, sets and costumes that give young children a fun introduction to classical music and encourage them to make music at home.  Performance dates for the two unique productions of Once Upon A Symphony for the 2014/15 season have been announced and are as follows:

The Little Red Hen

  • Saturday, January 10, 2015, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Jack and The Beanstalk

  • Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 25, 2015, 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Repertoire for the CSO Family Matinee series designed for families with children ages five through nine has been updated for its three Saturday matinee concert programs.  Details are as follows:

The Downtown Sounds program presented Saturday, November 22 at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. now includes selections and excerpts from Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30; Gershwin’s An American in Paris; Smetana’s The Moldau from Má vlast; Resphigi’s Fountains of Rome; Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture and John Alden Carpenter’s impressionistic orchestral suite Adventures in a Perambulator.

The Carnival of the Animals program presented Saturday, March 21 at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. now includes Stravinsky’s Suite from The Firebird; Bartók’sRomanian Folk Dances; and SaintSaëns’ Carnival of the Animals;.

The Tchaikovsky Spectacular program presented Saturday, May 2 at 11a.m. and 12:45 p.m. highlights selections from some of Tchaikovsky’s most famous repertoire including excerpts from Symphony 2, 4, 5 and 6; The Nutcracker, Suite No. 1 in D Minor; Serenade in C Minor for Strings, Op. 48 and Romeo and Juliet. The program also features guest dancers from Hubbard Street 2.

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the CSO’s training program for emerging professional musicians, offers a series of free concerts at Symphony Center as well as its annual concert at the South Shore Cultural Center. Complete program details will be announced at a later date. While tickets are free, there is a nonrefundable $2 service fee per ticket and maximum of six tickets allowed per concert, per household. Reservations can be made online at, in person at the CSO box office at 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL or by phone at 312-294-3000.

Dates and conductors are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 8 at 8 p.m. with Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot
  • Monday, November 24 at 8 p.m. with guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer
  • Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. with Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Matthew Aucoin
  • Monday, April 20 at 8 p.m. with Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot
  • Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. at the South Shore Cultural Center with guest conductor Julian Kuerti
  • Monday, May 18 at 8 p.m. with guest conductor TBA
  • Monday, June 1 at 8 p.m. with guest conductor Ludovic Morlot

Program and Ticket Details
Single tickets for all CSOA-presented programs during the 2014/15 season—Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) concerts; Symphony Center Presents (SCP) concerts featuring classical, jazz, contemporary and world music; CSO at the Movies and related film programming; and other special concerts—go on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 8 at 10 a.m.  Tickets and 2014/15 subscriptions are available by calling the Symphony Center box office at 312-294-3000, online at, or by visiting the Symphony Center box office at 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604. The box office and phone lines are open Friday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

All performances take place at Symphony Center unless otherwise noted.

Discounted student tickets for select concerts can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call 312-294-3040.

Artists, programs and prices are subject to change.

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

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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