Program areas at Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerts - During the 2019/20 season, the CSO presented 76 paid and free concert programs for approximately 141,000 patrons. Throughout the season, the CSO presented 17 weeks of subscription concerts with a particular focus on the music of Beethoven in celebration of the composer's 250th birthday. The CSO premiered two works; Bernard Rands' "DREAM for Orchestra and Nicholas Bacri's "Ophelia's Tears". The CSO embarked on a 10-concert tour of Europe and also completed a 4-concert tour of Florida as well as 2 concerts in New York's Carnegie Hall. Maestro Muti also led the CSO in a community concert at Lane Technical High School. Additionally, the orchestra performed 2 concerts at Wheaton College's Edman Memorial Chapel, and 14 concerts at Ravinia Park as part of the annual summer residency.
Education Concerts and Activities - Across Chicago and around the world, the Negaunee Music Institute connects individuals and communities to the extraordinary resources of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Under the visionary leadership of the CSO Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, Institute programming gives broad access to the CSO, educates young listeners, provides advanced training to young musicians and serves the city and the world through music. All concerts and events are inexpensive or offered free of charge to the public in order to dissolve financial barriers. In the 2019/20 season, the Institute reached approximately 19,000 people through 121 events which included paid and free concerts, open rehearsals, workshops and other programs.
Symphony Center Presents Concerts - The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association offers concerts by acclaimed guest artists in the fields of jazz, pop, world, and classical music under the auspices of Symphony Center Presents. Thirty concerts were presented during the season, with more than 49,000 tickets sold. These concerts featured established and emerging artistic leaders and musicians performing a wide variety of musical styles for diverse audiences. SCP programs include Orchestra, Chamber, Music Now and Piano music series, and Jazz at Symphony Center, which is one of the most comprehensive and acclaimed jazz series in the country.