Single tickets for all 2019-20 events presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association go on sale Aug. 9 at 10 a.m., via online at, by phone at (312) 294-3000 or in person at the Symphony Center box office, 220 S. Michigan.

In addition, the CSOA has announced program updates as well as additional concerts in several of its series, which include CSO Main, CSO at the Movies, and Symphony Center Presents Jazz, Piano, Chamber Music, Orchestras and Special Concerts. Also, the programming for the AIC Chamber Music Series has been released.


Oct. 26, SCP Specials, Farruquito: The famed flamenco artist has altered the dates of his U.S. tour and has canceled his Symphony Center appearance.

Nov. 1-2 and 5, CSO: Liszt’s Mazeppa, Symphonic Poem No. 6, replaces Stravinsky’s Divertimento, Suite from The Fairy’s Kiss. The rest of the program remains unchanged.

Nov. 23, CSO Family Matinees: The program will feature excerpts from Beethoven symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6 and 9.

Jan. 26, Chinese New Year: The annual celebration will feature the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra and Zhejiang Shaoju Opera Theatre.

Feb. 6-8, CSO: Mezzo-sopranos Ronnita Miller and Sasha Cooke join the roster of vocal soloists featured Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana. They will be featured in the roles of Lucia and Lola respectively, along with the previously announced mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Santuzza, tenor Piero Pretti as Turiddu and baritone Luca Salsi as Alfio.

April 19, SCP Special Concert with pianist Evgeny Kissin and soprano Renée Fleming: The program will feature a selection of art songs by Schubert, Liszt, Debussy and Duparc.

April 26, SCP Piano, George Li: His program now includes Schubert’s Impromptu in G-flat Major No. 3 and Wanderer Fantasy, as well as Haydn’s Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Ravel’s Three Pieces from Miroirs and Schumann’s Carnaval, as previously announced.

May 2, CSO Family Matinees: Thomas Wilkins, a Symphony Center favorite, will conduct these two concerts at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.


The AIC Chamber Music Series consists of specially themed programs curated by chamber ensembles featuring members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. All concerts in this series are at the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall, at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Oct. 6, Inspired by Tradition: Rachel Goldstein (violin), Wei-Ting Kuo (viola), Daniel Katz (cello) and Mio Nakamura (piano) perform works by Ponce and Brahms.

Nov. 10, Breaking Conventions: The Bopland Ensemble (Baird Dodge, violin; Bradley Opland, bass; Charlie Johnson, piano) performs a program inspired by Pop Art pioneer Andy Warhol, with the group’s arrangements of works by Brahms, Bach, Strauss, Mancini and more.

March 1, To Stir the Soul: The Brahms Quartet Ensemble (Simon Michael, violin; Weijing Wang, viola; Richard Hirschl, cello; Victor Asuncion, piano) performs piano quartets by Schumann and Brahms.

April 19, Modern Expressions: The Civitas Ensemble (Yuan-Qing Yu, violin; Ni Mei, violin; Wei-Ting Kuo, viola; Kenneth Olsen, cello; Brant Taylor, cello; J. Lawrie Bloom, clarinet; Winston Choi, piano) performs works by Webern, Berg, Rota and Schoenberg.

June 7, Nature’s Beauty: The Odyssey Quartet Ensemble (So Young Bae, violin; Gina DiBello, violin; Sunghee Choi, viola; Karen Basrak, cello) features string quartets by Beethoven and Debussy.


Designed for young concertgoers, and produced with Chicago Children’s Theatre, the series blends music performed by CSO members with storytelling, sets, costumes and images, performed on Saturdays at 10 and 11:45 a.m. at Symphony Center’s Buntrock Hall.

Nov. 9, Dec. 7 and Feb. 8, The Boy and the Violin: In this Brazilian folk tale, a child sells his family’s meager belongings to buy a violin. He then sets out on a journey that brings joy and laughter to creatures big and small.

March 7, April 25 and May 16, Jack and the Beanstalk: The venerable English fairy tale gets a musical update for the 21st century.

Discounted student tickets for select concerts can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, call (312) 294-3040.