Beyond the Score :Pictures at an Exhibition

Beyond the Score brings together live theater and live music, and is best experienced in the concert hall. Productions have been revived by orchestras around the world, and we would be delighted to help bring Beyond the Score to your audience as well. The repertoire currently available is listed below; those which are currently available for online perusal are listed as “Related” media to the right (beneath on mobile devices).

Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Debussy: La Mer
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9
Elgar: Enigma Variations
Holst: The Planets
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (Italian)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27
Mussorgsky: Pictures From an Exhibition
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead
Rimsky-Korsakov: Sheherazade
Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
Strauss: Ein Heldenleben
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Wagner: The Tristan Effect


What conductors have participated in Beyond the Score?

We are grateful to have worked with many world-class conductors on Beyond the Score since its inception. Conductors familiar with our work include Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Sir Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Jeffrey Kahane, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Harry Bicket, Andrey Boreyko, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Alexander Polianichko and Jaap van Zweden.

What does the CSO provide?

We will provide all program content, including scripts, projection media, orchestra parts (BTS portion only) and cue books. We also will ensure that the proper rights for use of content, including images and script, is secured. We also can provide all the necessary personnel.

What do I have to provide in order to present Beyond the Score?

You will be required to provide an orchestra and conductor. We would be happy to guide your decision in conductor, soloist and/or additional musicians; however, we are also amenable to collaborating with your artists of choice. We are able to provide the rest of the necessary personnel for each production, although it may also be possible to utilize locally qualified people to take on some of these additional roles.

In order to ensure performances that meet your standards of excellence and artistic quality, we request an orchestra rehearsal minimum of two and one-half hours as close to the actual performance as possible. We will also need ample production rehearsal time on the venue stage. Each Beyond the Score® production is complex and requires specific technical sound, lighting and projection equipment. We request that the presenter meet these needs.

How much does Beyond the Score cost to present?

There is a flat license fee to the CSO, which includes rights to our projected media as well as scripts, orchestra parts (based on CSO markings), and consultation with the Beyond the Score producer. Additional costs to the presenter include performance fees for actors (and, if necessary, travel expenses), projectionist, CSO-approved stage manager and associated travel, and increased operational and technical requirements, which vary from venue to venue. We will work with each presenter in order to ensure the most cost-effective method in bringing Beyond the Score to your audience.

Do I have to use the name “Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score”?

Beyond the Score is a registered trademark of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and we ask that the name is always used in the promotion of your production. However, this does not preclude your presentation from being presented under the banner of another series that you may already have in place.

Can I modify the Beyond the Score production for our presentation?

We retain the right to approve any and all modifications to the programs. While we are open to modifying productions to suit individual needs, please understand that the coordination between text and visuals is inextricably linked. Any significant edits would require our approval in revising the entire production at considerable additional expense.

What other Beyond the Score resources are available?

We can provide at additional cost program notes and marketing/publicity materials that have been used for past performances.

How do I get started?

For more information or to begin discussions on how Beyond the Score might be a part of your upcoming season, please contact Cameron Arens at or (312) 294-3431.

Intermusica represents Beyond the Score in the U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Click here for more information.


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