Guest conductor John Storgårds leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its first performance Dec. 5, 2019, of Jennifer Higdon’s tone poem blue cathedral, written in 2000. The Curtis Institute of Music commissioned the work, which Higdon composed as a tribute to her late brother.

    In his Chicago Tribune review, critic Howard Reich wrote, “Anyone who attributes this work’s popularity around the world simply to its accessibility misses the point. Higdon creates an air of profound spirituality via the work’s textural transparency, slow-but-inexorable forward motion and mystical array of glittering percussive effects.”

    The CSO presents two more performances of this program, which also features Ray Chen in Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, on Dec. 7 and 10. For more information and tickets, click here.

    ©Videography and photography by Todd Rosenberg