To complement its classical-music schedule, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association annually programs hundreds of concerts, including performances of jazz, world music and new music through its Symphony Center Presents series. Single tickets for all CSOA-presented events in the 2017-18 season, including those of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CSO at the Movies and SCP series, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 11 online at cso.org, by phone (312) 294-3000 or in person at the Symphony Center box office, 220 S. Michigan.
Earlier this summer, single tickets went on sale for certain fall and holiday concerts, but now the entire season is open for non-subscription purchases. Along with launching single-ticket sales, the CSOA also announced programming updates, repertoire details and an additional SCP concert. All concerts are at Symphony Center, unless otherwise noted.
Pink Martini, March 16: The genre-bending ensemble returns for a Symphony Center Presents Special Concert, after sold-out events in 2016 and in 2017, the latter as the featured group for the CSO’s annual Corporate Night event. Founded by pianist and bandleader Thomas Lauderdale in 1994, Pink Martini is acclaimed for its crowd-pleasing cocktail of cabaret, classical, pop and jazz arrangements featuring lead singers China Forbes and Storm Large. The band’s latest release, “Je Dis Oui!” (2016), consists of standards by Cole Porter and Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers, alongside new songs by Lauderdale and Forbes.
PROGRAM & ARTIST UPDATES
China NCPA Orchestra, Oct. 28: This SCP Special Concert now includes the U.S. premiere of Zhao Jiping’s Violin Concerto No. 1, with Ning Feng as soloist.
Joshua Bell and Alessio Bax, Nov. 10: The program for this SCP Chamber Music Series recital featuring the acclaimed violinist and pianist consists of Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Grieg’s Violin Sonata No. 2 and Brahms’ Violin Sonata No. 1.
CSO subscription concerts Dec. 14-16 and 19: Pianist Denis Kozhukhin replaces Daniil Trifonov as the featured soloist.
Yefim Bronfman, May 20: For his SCP Piano recital, the longtime Orchestra Hall favorite will perform Debussy’s Suite bergamasque, and as previously announced, Schumann’s Humoreske, Widmann’s Eleven Humoresques and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka.
CSO CHAMBER MUSIC AT THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
This Sunday matinee series at the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall features CSO members in music spanning the centuries. All concerts are at 2 p.m.
Oberon Ensemble, Nov. 12: Violist Catherine Brubaker, violinists Lei Hou and Qing Hou, cellist Karen Basrak and pianist Victor Asuncion in Paul Juon’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 37, and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57.
The Oakley Quartet, Jan. 28: Violinists Rong-Yan Tang and Kozue Funakoshi, violist Diane Mues and cellist Dan Katz in Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major and Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10.
Civitas Ensemble, March 4: Violinist Yuan-Qing Yu, cellist Ken Olsen, J. Lawrie Bloom, flutist Emma Gerstein, percussionist Vadim Karpinos, pianist Winston Choi and Wei-Wei Lan on pipa in Tan Dun’s Triple Resurrection, Yao Chen’s Emanations of Tara, Huang Ruo’s Divergence for Piano Trio and Zhou Long’s Five Elements.
Chicago Pro Musica, April 8: Clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, violinist Stephanie Jeong, cellist Daniel Katz and pianist Patrick Godon in Olivier Messiaen’s Quatuor pour la fin du temps.
Lincoln Quartet, June 10: Violinists Lei Hou and Qing Hou, violist Lawrence Neuman and cellist Ken Olsen in Haydn’s String Quartet in A, Op. 20, No. 6; George Walker’s String Quartet No. 1; Paul Chihara’s “Sophisticated Lady” from his Ellington Fantasy, and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor (Death and the Maiden).
The details of the CSO’s All-Access Chamber Music Series will be announced at a later date.