2013-2014 Season

2013-2014 Season: The Romantic Impulse

Join us this season as we explore music of the Romantic Era and beyond. This theme connects our offerings from chamber work to full orchestral compositions, featuring composers such as Verdi, Wagner, Strauss, Mendelsshon and those later influenced by this era like Stravinsky and Prokofiev.  This season, we offer our subscription series of five orchestral concerts.  Our Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players will perform nine chamber music recitals.  As the official orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet, we will perform dozens of times with this beloved Chicago Institution.  We can’t wait to have you join us!

Subscription Series:  Five Orchestral Concerts
Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players
Park Ridge
Official Orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet

Subscription Series:  Five Orchestral Concerts

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Twilight of the Romantics:  Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky
Program Notes
Sept 29, 2013

Romantic Serenade:  Brahms, Strauss, Berlioz
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November 10, 2013

Romantic Remix:  Mahler, Wagner, Lully, Strauss
Program Notes
February 16, 2014

Passport to Passion:  Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saëns, Dvořák
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April 13, 2014

Romantic Rapture:  Verdi, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev
Verdi’s La forza del destino, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
Program Notes
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Hall,
50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
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Scott Speck, Conductor; Benjamin Beilman, Violin
On Mother’s Day, Scott Speck returns for Romantic Rapture, an evening of great Romantic and post-Romantic masterworks. Guest violinist Benjamin Beilman, 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient and alumnus of the Music Institute of Chicago, woos our audience with the singing strains of Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. In celebration of Verdi’s 200th birthday, we perform the Overture to his opera La forza del destino.  We also present highlights of Sergei Prokofiev’s most brilliant ballet, Romeo and Juliet.  Specially selected actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater perform highlights from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, portraying the most famous young lovers in theater history.

Nine Chamber Music Recitals

The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players Series was created to make professional level musical experiences accessible to all. Performed in small venues, Chamber Players concerts are an hour in length, family friendly, and all audience members 18 and under are free.  After each concert, you are invited to mingle with the musicians at a casual reception with refreshments provided. Bring your family and friends and come unwind with the Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players!

Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players in Park Ridge

Grand Russian Romance
October 6, 2013

A Romantic Journey:  From Bohemia to the Puszta
November 3, 2013

German Masters:  Beethoven and Brahms
Sunday, December 1, 2013

Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players in Hinsdale

Romantic Riches: Rachmaninoff and Brahms
Sunday, January 12, 2014

Parlor Valentines: Schubert and Schumann
Sunday, February 9, 2014

Romantic Spring: Mendelssohn and Brahms
Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players in Northfield

Romance for Winds:  Europe and America
Sunday, January 26, 2014

Beethoven and Beyond
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 3:00 p.m

Take Five:  Mozart and Brahms
Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Official Orchestra of the Joffrey Ballet Performances

La Bayadère
October 16, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
For more information visit the Joffrey Ballet website.

The Nutcracker
December 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28
For more information visit the Joffrey Ballet website.

Romeo and Juliet
April 30, May 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11
For more information visit the Joffrey Ballet website.