Nordic Sounds

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An homage to both classic and contemporary Danish composers and musicians including Gade, Nielsen, and violinist Christina Åstrand

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Promotional value expires Sep 21, 2014. Limit 10 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting 9/21 at 6:30 p.m. for a ticket at venue box office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Pick-Staiger Hall. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must redeem together to sit together. Discount reflects Chicago Philharmonic's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime. For ADA accommodations, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $40 for one ticket to Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Nordic Sounds (up to $80 value)
  • When: Sunday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
  • Seating: orchestra
  • Box office opens at 6:30 p.m.
  • Ticket values include all fees.
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  • Click to view the program

The Program

True to its title, Nordic Sounds pays homage to Scandinavian music, specifically of the Danish variety. And the tribute extends beyond just the program itself—it’s also in the Danish folk music emanating from the foyer, and in the Danish cultural objects courtesy of the Danish Pioneer.

  • Tchaikovsky—Hamlet Overture: the legendary composer took his inspiration from a little-known British playwright, filling the overture with sonatas that convey the moody emotions of the Prince of Denmark, as opposed to linear narration
  • Gade—Violin Concerto in D minor: performed by fellow Dane Christina Åstrand, this romantic piece from the Danish composer—his only concerto—thrusts the violin into the spotlight over three movements and multiple themes
  • Pärt—Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte (If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper): Pärt was known for his textured, unconventional sounds, and this piece is no different—a buzzing emanates from the stage, thanks to an unusual manipulation of the violin strings and a section of clarinets full of bees.
  • Nielsen—Symphony No. 1: called “probably the most highly organized first symphony ever written by a young man of 27” by scholar and Nielsen expert Robert Simpson, this piece by the influential Danish composer takes inspiration from Brahms and Dvorák while also creating its own identity by moving back and forth between a specific pitch

Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra

When the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra 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.”

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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