- $40 for one ticket to "Romantic Serenade," presented by the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra (up to an $80 value)
- When: Sunday, November 10, at 3 p.m.
- Where: Nichols Concert Hall
- Seating: main floor
- Door time: 2:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Maestro Joel Smirnoff leads the orchestra through a program of lyrical 19th-century favorites, featuring the skilled bowing of violinist and concertmaster David Perry. To shed further illumination on the concert, Northwestern University musicology professor Jesse Rosenberg discusses the musical and cultural landscape of the Romantic era.
- Berlioz–Rêverie et Caprice: Atop a sonic background that alternately flirts and sighs with longing, a lone violin signs outside the orchestra's window.
- Strauss–Metamorphosen: The composer's mournful work hearkens back to 19th century aesthetics, despite being composed in the closing months of World War II.
- Brahms–Second Serenade for Orchestra: This chamber orchestra work omits trumpets and drums to place the focus on the rich tone of violas.
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.”