Chicago Philharmonic: A Vision in Sound

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Season finale features imagery-conjuring pieces by contemporary composers Higdon and Bunch plus a finale by Mussorgsky and Ravel

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The Deal

  • One ticket to Chicago Philharmonic: A Vision in Sound
  • When: Sunday, June 7, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Pick-Staiger Hall
  • Door time: 6 p.m.
  • Full offer value includes ticketing fees

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The Program

The Chicago Philharmonic concludes its 25th anniversary season with a concert exploring the relationship between sight and sound. Before the music begins, audience members can walk through a gallery of artwork inspired by Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and designed by orchestra musician John Gaudette.

  • Higdon—Blue Cathedral: “Cathedrals represent a place of beginnings, endings, solitude, fellowship, contemplation, knowledge and growth,” says Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winner Jennifer Higdon about the stirring piece she wrote in memory of her brother, Andrew Blue. “I wanted to create the sensation of contemplation and quiet peace at the beginning, moving towards the feeling of celebration and ecstatic expansion of the soul, all the while singing along with that heavenly music.”
  • Bunch—Symphony No. 1: Lichtenstein Triptych: Contemporary composer Kenji Bunch created this Roy Lichtenstein-inspired piece as a commission for Magnum Opus Projects, a group dedicated to sharing alternative art.
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel—Pictures at an Exhibition: Meant to evoke a journey through an art museum filled with pieces bold and disturbing, Mussorgsky’s iconic piano composition was reinvented in Ravel’s masterpiece orchestration for a full symphony. Listeners may feel the same ecstasy that its composer did: “Ideas, melodies, come to me of their own accord. Like roast pigeons in the story, I gorge and gorge and over-eat myself. I can hardly manage to put it all down on paper fast enough.”

Chicago Philharmonic

When the Chicago Philharmonic was founded in 1988, it was a tightly knit ensemble consisting 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 country's finest symphonic orchestras.”

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