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Civic Orchestra Fellows Chamber Concert
7:00 PM Friday, October 5, 2018
Buntrock Hallchamber1

Join the Civic Orchestra Fellows for their inaugural chamber concert of the 2018/19 season! Schubert’s masterful Octet is joined by works by Britten and Ewazen. Free tickets are required.

BRITTEN Phantasy Quartet for Oboe and String Trio, Op. 2
EWAZEN “Pastorale” for Trumpet, Bass Trombone and Piano
SCHUBERT Octet in F Major, D. 803


Civic Orchestra Fellows: Zhou B Third Fridays
7:00 PM Friday, October 19, 2018
1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609chamber2


Civic Orchestra: Community Concert
3:00 PM Sunday, October 21, 2018
7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649chamber3

CSO Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Erina Yashima returns to the podium to lead Mahler’s monumental Sixth Symphony, characterized by its epic scale and autobiographical motifs. Former Mead Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek’s springy, percussive work was premiered by the CSO under the direction of Maestro Muti in 2017.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Erina Yashima conductor

OGONEK All These Lighted Things
MAHLER Symphony No. 6


Civic Orchestra: Mahler 6
8:00 PM Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Orchestra Hallchamber4

CSO Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Erina Yashima returns to the podium to lead Mahler’s monumental Sixth Symphony, characterized by its epic scale and autobiographical motifs. Former Mead Composer-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek’s springy, percussive work was premiered by the CSO under the direction of Maestro Muti in 2017.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Erina Yashima conductor

OGONEK All These Lighted Things
MAHLER Symphony No. 6


Civic Orchestra Chamber Concert: String Quartet Showcase
7:00 PM Sunday, November 4, 2018
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Join the Civic Orchestra Fellows for their inaugural chamber concert of the 2018/19 season! Schubert’s masterful Octet is joined by works by Britten and Ewazen. Free tickets are required.


Bach Marathon Finale
7:00 PM Wednesday, November 14, 2018
126 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611chamber5

Inspired by CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma, the annual Bach Marathon includes performances of J.S. Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos in community settings throughout the city and this finale concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Nicholas Kraemer conductor and harpsichordist

J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concertos 1-6


Civic Orchestra: 20th-Century Innovators
8:00 PM Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Orchestra Hallchamber4

Led by Bergen Philharmonic Chief Conductor Edward Gardner, this concert explores the innovations in instrumentation, form and harmony that emerged during the 20th century, from the powerhouse brass section of Janáček’s Sinfonietta to the improvised passages of Lutosławski’s Symphony No. 4. This celebration of modern masterworks concludes with the lush impressionistic harmonies of Daphnis and Chloe.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Edward Gardner conductor

JANÁČEK Sinfonietta
LUTOSŁAWSKI Symphony No. 4
RAVEL Suite No. 2 from Daphnis and Chloe


Civic Orchestra: Tchaikovsky 4
8:00 PM Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Orchestra Hallchamber4

Bramwell Tovey conducts Tchaikovsky’s quintessential work featuring rich melodies inspired by the composer’s Russian musical heritage and his own romantic trials. This is paired with two works by British composers who, inspired by the history of the English and Italian countrysides, translate the past into their own epic, late-Romantic orchestral style.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Bramwell Tovey conductor

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
ELGAR In the South (Alassio)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4


Civic Orchestra: UChicago Premieres
8:00 PM Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Orchestra Hallchamber4

In collaboration with the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, nine new pieces for orchestra by current and former students of the University of Chicago receive their world premieres under the skillful leadership of former Civic Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Cliff Colnot conductor

World premieres of pieces for full orchestra by nine current and former students of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition at UChicago

RODRIGO BUSSAD Terra Tenebra
PIERCE GRADONE Gilded Scenes
JACK HUGHES Needlepoint
ALISON YUN-FEI JIANG Espace Lumière
MARIA KAOUTZANI On Canvas
JOUNGBUM LEE dialogue
DAVID CLAY METTENS Gildings & Epiphanies
TED MOORE patina
WILL MYERS nocturne, feather, mountain


Civic Orchestra: Community Concert
3:00 PM Sunday, March 10, 2019
7059 S South Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60649chamber3

The Civic Orchestra returns to South Shore Cultural Center for the second time in 2018/19 to present this concert of lush, programmatic music conducted by CSO Principal Trombone and Civic Orchestra alum Jay Friedman.

Civic Orchectra of Chicago
Jay Friedman conductor

SIBELIUS Four Legends from the Kalevala, Op. 22
WAGNER Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin
WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
WAGNER Prelude to Parsifal


Civic Centennial Celebration
6:30 PM Monday, April 1, 2019
Orchestra Hallchamber6

This special concert celebrates the centennial season of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Additional ticket and benefit information will be announced at a later date.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor
Yo-Yo Ma cello

SALONEN Pollux
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B Minor


Civic Orchestra: Civic with Mocrep
7:00 PM Thursday, April 18, 2019
Buntrock Hallchamber7

The Civic Orchestra presents a collaborative concert with Mocrep, a Chicago-based performance collective that includes Civic alums Amanda Bailey, Zachary Good and Alex Ellsworth. The performance will feature the world premiere of a new work that will be co-created by Mocrep and Civic musicians during a 10-day residency in April 2019.

Musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Mocrep

Program to be announced.


Civic Orchestra Fellows: Zhou B Third Fridays
7:00 PM Friday, April 19, 2019
1029 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609chamber2


Civic Orchestra: Prokofiev and Beethoven 7
8:00 PM Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Orchestra Hallchamber4

Beethoven’s celebratory Seventh Symphony is led by CSO guest conductor Nikolaj Znaider, who made his CSO podium debut in 2017. The suite from Prokofiev’s ballet features iconic melodies inspired by the Shakespeare’s play about star-crossed lovers.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Nikolaj Znaider conductor

PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7


Civic Orchestra: Strauss and Cerrone
8:00 PM Sunday May 12, 2019
Orchestra Hallchamber8

With its narrative structure and use of over 100 musicians, Strauss’s larger-than-life tone poem about a journey through the Alps was considered groundbreaking at the time of its premiere. This colossal piece is paired with a new work by Christopher Cerrone, co-commissioned with the Britt Festival Orchestra, featuring the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Third Coast Percussion.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Ken-David Masur conductor
Third Coast Percussion soloists

CERRONE Untitled (World Premiere)
R. STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64


Season Finale: Civic and the Ryan Opera Center
8:00 PM Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Orchestra Hallchamber9

The Civic Orchestra joins forces with the extraordinary singers of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center for an evening of beloved opera scenes and orchestral interludes. Conductor Michael Christie returns to the Civic podium to conduct this collaboration between two of the nation’s most prestigious training programs for emerging artists.

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Michael Christie conductor
Members of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago soloists

Program to be announced.