Filmed in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, this premium series will premiere on Oct. 1 and marks the official opening of the CSO’s 2020-21 season, the ensemble’s 130th. Curated with artistic guidance from Music Director Riccardo Muti, the episodes will showcase chamber-music works from the 17th to the 21st centuries by Mozart, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Nielsen and others, performed by CSO duos to octets, as well as by smaller string, wind and brass ensembles. CSO musicians will serve as hosts for each episode.
The series will be streamed via CSOtv, with additional options to cast the streams to a compatible television from a preferred device. The episodes, which will debut Thursdays at 12:01 a.m. (Central), will be available for on-demand streaming for 30 days afterward. New episodes will premiere weekly on CSOtv throughout 2020. Each premium episode will cost $15 to stream, with a 20 percent discount for three or more episodes. Patrons will need to log in to their cso.org account, or create a new account, to pay for premium content.
Programming for the first five episodes:
Oct. 1, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Nielsen, Gabaye & Villa-Lobos: The program opens with the CSO’s principal wind players — William Welter (oboe), Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson (flute), Stephen Williamson (clarinet), Keith Buncke (bassoon) and David Cooper (horn) — in 20th-century works by Gershwin, Piazzolla and Nielsen, written or arranged for wind quintet. Completing the program are two works composed specifically for flute and bassoon. CSO flute and piccolo Jennifer Gunn joins Assistant Principal Bassoon William Buchman in Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 6 and the final movement of the Sonatine by French composer Pierre Gabaye.
Oct. 2, Mozart & Tchaikovsky: Wind and string chamber ensembles anchor this program that begins with Mozart’s Serenade No. 11, written for a wind octet of two oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns, performed by CSO principal and section wind players. The Mozart is paired with Tchaikovsky’s string sextet Souvenirs de Florence, featuring Concertmaster Robert Chen and Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong, as well as Principal Cello John Sharp, Assistant Principal Cello Kenneth Olsen and CSO violas Lawrence Neuman and Wei-Ting Kuo.
Oct. 15, Stravinsky, Bologne & Dvořák: Chamber-music works from three different musical eras highlight a program that begins with 20th-century composer Igor Stravinsky’s neo-classical Octet, scored for winds, strings and brass, and featuring Principal Flute Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson and Principal Trombone Jay Friedman. The program continues with CSO violinists and brothers Simon and Matous Michal in the Violin Sonata No. 2 by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, whose compositions were widely performed in 18th-century Paris. The concert concludes with Dvořák’s Sextet, performed by CSO violinists Simon and Matous Michal, violists Catherine Brubaker and Weijing Wang, and cellists Richard Hirschl and Karen Basrak.
Oct. 22, Mozart, Shaw & Brahms: The second string quintets of Mozart and Brahms bookend this program that also includes Boris Kerner for Cello and Percussion by contemporary American composer Caroline Shaw. CSO violins and sisters Qing and Lei Hou, violas Catherine Brubaker and Lawrence Neuman and cello Karen Basrak are featured in the Mozart, while violins Rong-Yan Tang and Kozue Funakoshi, Acting Principal Viola Li-Kuo Chang and viola Youming Chen and cello Daniel Katz are featured in the Brahms. The Shaw is performed by Assistant Principal Cello Kenneth Olsen and Principal Percussion Cynthia Yeh.
Oct. 29, Rossini, Dahl & Prokofiev: The program features a string sonata written by a 12-year-old Rossini, music for brass by 20th-century composer Ingolf Dahl and an arrangement of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite for wind ensemble. CSO musicians featured in this episode are Principal Second Violin Baird Dodge and Susan Synnestvedt (violin), Richard Hirschl (cello), Daniel Armstrong (bass), Principal Horn David Cooper, Assistant Principal Trumpet Mark Ridenour, John Hagstrom (trumpet), Michael Mulcahy (trombone), Charles Vernon (bass trombone), Principal Tuba Gene Pokorny, Principal Oboe William Welter, Scott Hostetler (English horn), Assistant Principal Clarinet John Bruce Yeh, Miles Maner (bassoon), David Griffin (horn) and Oto Carrillo (horn), and guest musician Teresa Reilly (clarinet).