Through its Symphony Center Presents series, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association offers a range of programs highlighting the artistry of internationally acclaimed soloists and ensembles. SCP offers multiple series — Piano, Chamber Music, Jazz and Orchestra — as well as Special Concerts.
Each season, the Symphony Center Presents Piano series celebrates keyboard artistry in 10 Sunday afternoon concerts, as legendary masters and rising virtuosos perform repertoire from every era, Baroque to contemporary.
Rudolf Buchbinder, Oct. 23: After acclaimed solo appearances with the CSO and Muti, the Austrian pianist makes his SCP recital debut in a program featuring J.S. Bach’s English Suite No. 3, along with works by Schubert and Beethoven.
Jeremy Denk, Nov. 13: Winner of Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year honors, the American pianist returns to the SCP Piano Series after appearing with the CSO this season.
Benjamin Grosvenor, Feb. 19: The rising young pianist makes his Symphony Center debut in an eclectic program of Beethoven, Scriabin and Granados. After winning the BBC Young Musician Competition at age 11 in 2004, he quickly launched an international career. His recent recording, “Dances,” received the 2015 BBC Music Magazine Instrumental Award.
Igor Levit, March 12: Winner of the BBC Music Magazine and Royal Philharmonic Society newcomer awards in 2014, the Russian-German sensation will mark his Symphony Center and Chicago debut with this recital.
Daniil Trifonov, March 26: After winning the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, Daniil Trifonov has gone on to make solo appearances with the London Symphony, New York Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as acclaimed recital appearances at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic. He returns to the SCP Piano Series with a program of works by Schumann, Shostakovich and Stravinsky.
Paul Lewis, April 9: The internationally acclaimed British pianist returns with a program of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Weber.
Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin, April 30: The piano titans join forces for a concert of duo piano music, including works by Mozart and Debussy, and an arrangement of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.
Murray Perahia, May 7: Known for his elegant interpretations of keyboard masterworks, the Symphony Center favorite returns.
Maurizio Pollini, May 28: The Italian master, who entered the Gramophone Hall of Fame in 2012, is another longtime Symphony Center favorite.
Kirill Gerstein, June 11: Returning to the SCP Piano Series for the first time since 2012, the Russian-born virtuoso will perform a program featuring Brahms’ Piano Sonata No. 2 and Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes.
SCP Chamber Music
The Symphony Center Presents Chamber Music series brings today’s top artists and chamber ensembles to Orchestra Hall for intimate and spirited performances in four programs each season.
Hilary Hahn, Nov. 1: The Grammy-winning violinist has captivated audiences worldwide with her solo and recital performances and is hailed for her passion for new music.
Kremerata Baltica, Feb. 1: Under the direction of violinist Gidon Kremer, Kremerata Baltica is recognized as one of today’s top chamber music ensembles. The ensemble will perform its “Masks and Faces” program featuring an arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition for string orchestra, alongside works by Weinberg, Tchaikovsky and Kancheli.
Anne-Sophie Mutter, March 29: Joined by her longtime collaborator, pianist Lambert Orkis, the violinist returns in a program of works by Mozart, Respighi, Saint-Saëns and American composer Sebastian Currier.
Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer, April 24: After collaborating on the 2011 Grammy Award–winning album “The Goat Rodeo Sessions,” the acclaimed cellist, mandolinist and bassist reunite for an all-Bach program featuring selections and arrangements from The Art of Fugue and The Well-Tempered Clavier.
The Symphony Center Presents Orchestras Series honors a long-standing tradition of welcoming the world’s finest orchestras to Orchestra Hall.
The Cleveland Orchestra, Jan. 21: Led by music director Franz Welser-Möst, the ensemble returns to Orchestra Hall for the first time since 2002 with a program of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra, Feb. 8: Music director Iván Fischer conducts an all-Beethoven program of the composer’s Symphonies Nos. 1 and 5, complemented by Richard Goode as soloist in Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto.
St. Petersburg Philharmonic, March 5: Under the direction of iconic conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the Russian orchestra returns with pianist Nicolai Lugansky in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, along with Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5.
SCP Special Concerts
Symphony Center Presents offers non-subscription special concerts featuring internationally renowned soloists and ensembles in a range of genres — classical, world, folk and jazz — as well as holiday-themed programs.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Oct. 2: Ambassadors of Mexico’s traditional musical heritage, “The World’s Greatest Mariachi” will appear in its annual Orchestra Hall engagement.
CSO Brass, Dec. 14: In its annual winter concert, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass returns with a program of brass ensemble favorites and special arrangements.
Chinese New Year, Jan. 29: Symphony Center’s third annual Chinese New Year concert highlights the rich cultural tradition of Chinese music and instruments in performances featuring internationally acclaimed musicians.
Kodo, Feb. 26: The masters of traditional Japanese taiko drumming bring an all-new program, DADAN 2017, to Orchestra Hall.
Anoushka Shankar, March 25: The acclaimed sitar player, daughter of the legendary Ravi Shankar, makes her Symphony Center solo debut in selections from her 2015 album “Home.”
Chanticleer, Dec. 6-7: “The world’s reigning male chorus” makes its annual visit to Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut, with a program of familiar and new seasonal pieces in a cappella arrangements.
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Dec. 9-11: Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic comes to the big screen at Symphony Center for three special presentations as members of the CSO, led by conductor Justin Freer, perform the score live.
The Vienna Boys Choir, Dec. 20: Returning for its annual Symphony Center appearance, the vocal ensemble performs a festive program of traditional and contemporary vocal selections titled “Christmas in Vienna.”
Merry, Merry Chicago!, Dec. 16-17, 21-23: The holiday revue showcases festive music of the season, performed by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists.
TOP: The Cleveland Orchestra, with music director Franz Welser-Möst, will return to Symphony Center next season for the first time since 2002.