Back at Symphony Center after a triumphant East Coast Tour, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under guest conductor Christoph Eschenbach, offered a varied program of 19th-century works by Weber, Chopin and Mendelssohn. French pianist David Fray joined the orchestra for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which John von Rhein lauded in the Chicago Tribune: “The composer’s repeated calls for light and graceful playing were meticulously observed without fussiness, making such moments as a little duet with bassoon an unexpected delight. … The wispiness of Fray’s playing gave many shadows and tints that made the [second] movement a still point, having a hushed tonal quality beautifully contrasting with the brilliant (not glaring) finale.”
The program repeats Feb. 24 and 27. For more information, click here.