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Five concerts explore the Romantic period, from its poster child Richard Strauss to the twilight of the genre and the rise of modernism

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Symphony music is often called “classical” because it has survived the centuries virtually unchanged, aside from how all cello solos are now played on electric guitars. Relive the past with this GrouponLive deal.

The Deal

  • One ticket to one, two, or five Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra concerts
  • When: select Sundays from September 29 to May 11, 2014
  • Where: Pick-Staiger Hall and Nichols Concert Hall
  • Seating: orchestra section
  • Door time: one hour before showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click to view the seating charts for Pick-Staiger Hall and Nichols Concert Hall<p>

Performance Options

  • $47 for Twilight of the Romantics (up to an $80 value)
  • $80 for Twilight of the Romantics and Romantic Serenade (up to a $160 value)
  • $200 for Twilight of the Romantics, Romantic Serenade, Romantic Remix, Passport to Passion, and Romantic Rapture (up to a $323.75 value)<p>

Twilight of the Romantics
Sunday, September 29, at 7 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Hall<p>

This season, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra explores the realm of Romanticism, beginning at its end. Richard Strauss’s stirring late-19th century tone poem, Don Juan, opens the show with breathless bombast, and Tchaikovsky’s rarely heard Piano Concerto No. 3 follows. The concert concludes with a piece considered by many to be the death-knell of Romantic works: Stravinsky’s avant-garde masterpiece The Rite of Spring. Its dramatic break from tradition caused a notorious riot at its Paris debut in 1913, and in later years provided the soundtrack to a monstrous battle in Disney’s Fantasia.<p>

Romantic Serenade
Sunday, November 10, at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall<p>

The second offering strikes a sweeter chord to embody the sentimental essence of the Romantic period. CPO concertmaster David Perry’s violin sings outside the orchestra’s window in Hector Berlioz’s Rêverie and Caprice, an amorous interplay of soloist and ensemble. Strauss’s Metamorphosen follows, hearkening back to 19th century aesthetics despite being composed in the closing months of World War II. The viola section takes center-stage in the final song of the evening, Brahms’s Second Serenade for Orchestra, spinning a bucolic tone with the lower timbre of the orchestra and wind section.<p>

Romantic Remix
Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall<p>

In Romantic Remix, the philharmonic visits pieces worked and re-worked by their original composers and others. Richard Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, for instance, melts the hearts of audiences as it did for the composer’s wife, Cosima, almost 150 years ago. Adapted from his opera Siegfried, the piece’s first performance was on the stairs of the Wagner household on Cosima’s birthday in 1869, since Richard obviously forgot the notes to “Happy Birthday.” Two interpretations of the satirical comedy Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme draw the evening to a close: Jean-Baptiste Lully’s original and Richard Strauss’s 20th century update.<p>

Passport to Passion
Sunday, April 13, at 7 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Hall<p>

Passport to Passion hosts a sonic tour of Europe in the early years of the modern era. The first stop is Great Britain, courtesy of Gloucestershire-born composer Ralph Vaughn Williams. His Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is based on a 1567 hymn, but enriched with a soft note of modern melancholy. Next, the orchestra joins hands with Lyric Opera harpist Marguerite Lynn Williams and skips across the Channel to Camille Saint-Saëns’s Morceau de Concert. Finally, the pride of Czech people thunders through the orchestra in Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, a tour de force that opens and closes with stormy bombast.<p>

Romantic Rapture
Sunday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Hall<p>

2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Benjamin Beilman takes the reins for one of Mendelssohn’s most popular—and most challenging—works: the Violin Concerto in E minor. The soloist navigates a twisted labyrinth of scale runs at the outset, pursued by the orchestra’s roaring minotaur. The path straightens soon enough as the orchestra dies down, but not for long. The singing solo demands virtuosic skill and an unerring sense of tempo. Selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet bring the season to a close with discordant fanfares and lurching, asymmetrical melodies that lend a sense of impending doom to the otherwise beautiful composition.<p>

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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    Pick-Staiger Hall

    50 Arts Circle Dr.

    Northwestern University Campus

    Evanston, IL 60208

    +13129570000

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    Evanston

    1490 Chicago Ave.

    Evanston, IL 60201

    +13129570000

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