An evening at the orchestra thrills all of the senses—the eyes watch precise playing, the ears hear melodious chords, and the nose smells freshly baked treble clefs. Experience art with this GrouponLive deal.
- $40 for one ticket to see "Bernstein and Schubert" (up to an $80 value)
- When: Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Pick-Staiger Hall
- Seating: main floor
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Longtime Principal Conductor and Music Director Larry Rachleff takes up the baton for his final performance with the organization. He directs the orchestra through two powerful works of his selection, bidding a grand farewell after a 23-year career. Soprano Susan Lorette Dunn lends her voice to “Lamentation,” the third movement of Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1.
- Bernstein—Symphony No. 1: Inspired by the tribulations of the Biblical prophet Jeremiah, Leonard Bernstein's first symphony lyrically relates a sweeping narrative. The second movement, "Profanation," is driven by the wail of relentless woodwinds, blasts of horns, and thundering timpani that evoke the decadence of the priesthood and the razing of the Jewish Temple. In the third movement, "Lamentation," a sweet soprano voice trills through passages from the Book of Lamentations, mourning the destruction of Jerusalem.
- Schubert—Symphony No. 9: Schubert's final completed symphony shows the Viennese composer’s musical mastery, and is often referred to as The Great by musicologists and The Greatest by Schubert’s mom. The piece opens with a spare horn melody, filling the room with melancholy grandeur before swelling strings and rolling drums majestically crescendo.
When the Chicago Philharmonic was founded in 1988, it was a tightly knit ensemble consisting entirely of principals from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Since then, it has blossomed into a collective of more than 200 professional Chicagoland musicians. But despite the increased size and bow-tie budget, the players have lost none of their precision or dynamic nature, prompting the Chicago Tribune to herald the group as “one of the finest symphonic orchestras.”