Recent Seasons

2016-2017 Season

Sunday, September 18 2016: Legendary Lovers


Scott Speck, Conductor
Emily Birsan, Soprano
John Irvin, Tenor

Wagner: Prelude and Liebostod from Tristan and Isolde
Gounod: Love Duet from Romeo and Juliet
Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Verdi: “Signor ne principe” from Rigoletto
Diamond: Music for Romeo and Juliet
Bernstein: Balcony Scene from West Side Story
Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite 2

Sunday October 30 2016: Haunted Hearts


Scott Speck, Conductor
Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord

C.P.E. Bach: Symphony No. 5
Piazzolla: Oblivion
Nyman: Concerto for the Amplified Harpsichord and Strings
Herrmann: Car Ride and Shower Scene from Psycho
Woolf: My Insect Bride
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5

Sunday, February 12 2017: Daring Duos


Scott Speck, Conductor
Bill Denton, Trumpet
Robert Sullivan, Trumpet

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3
Gluck: “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” from Orfeo and Euridice
Vivaldi: Two Trumpet Concerto
Plog: Two Trumpet Concerto
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (Italian)

Sunday, March 5 2017: The Dream
with Visceral Dance Chicago


Scott Speck, Conductor
Nick Pupillo, Choreographer

Dance, literature and music converge dazzling re-imagining of Dostoyevsky’s story of redemption and renewal, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man. Featuring music from Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Jonny Greenwood, Radiohead and more.

Sunday, April 9 2017: Paths of Passion


Gerhardt Zimmermann, Conductor
Robert Hanford, Violin
Richie Hofmann, Poet and Performer

Shostakovich/Zimmermann: Chamber Symphony in F# minor (after String Quartet No. 7)
Dvorak: Romance in F minor
Waxman: Carmen Fantasy
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (New World)


2015-2016 Season

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Sunday, November 15: Turning Points
Scott Speck, Conductor
Robert McDonald, Piano

Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B Minor (Unfinished)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Kilar: Little Overture

Sunday, February: Eight Seasons
Scott Speck, Conductor
Chee-Yun, Violin

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
Golijov: Last Round

Sunday, April 3: Triumph and Transcendence
Scott Speck, Conductor
Lincoln Trio, Guest Artists

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Earnest: Chasing the Sun

2014-2015 Season

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September 21, 2014: Nordic Sounds
Scott Speck, Conductor
Christina Åstrand, Violin

Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Overture
Gade: Violin Concerto
Pärt: Wenn Bach Bienen gezüchtet hätte (If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper)
Nielsen: Symphony No. 1

November 16, 2014: Power of Touch
Joel Smirnoff, Conductor
Asako Tamura, Soprano

Rossini: Overture to La scala di seta
Mozart: “Batti, batti, o bel Masetto” from Don Giovanni
Mozart: “Vedrai, carino” from Don Giovanni
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Haydn: Symphony No. 103 (“Drumroll”)

February 15, 2015: Taste the Music
Scott Speck, Conductor
David Perry, Leader, Violin
Carol Cook, Viola

Milhaud: Le boeuf sur le toit
La revue de cuisine
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major, K.364 (320d)
Strauss: Champagne Polka

April 19, 2015: Scents of Beauty
Scott Speck, Conductor
Jorge Federico Osorio, Piano

Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
De Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Ravel: Piano Concerto for Left Hand
Debussy: La mer

June 7, 2015: A Vision in Sound
Scott Speck, Conductor

Higdon: blue cathedral
Bunch: Symphony No. 1: “Lichtenstein Triptych”
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

2014-15 Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players (cp2) Performances

2013-2014 Season

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September 29, 2013: Twilight of the Romantics
Scott Speck, Conductor
Kuang-Hao Huang, Piano
Agnieszka Laska Dancers

Strauss: Don Juan
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, with Kuang-Hao Huang
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, with Agnieszka Laska Dancers

November 10, 2013: Romantic Serenade
Joel Smirnoff, Conductor
David Perry, Violin
Jesse Rosenberg, Musicology Professor (Northwestern University)

Berlioz: Reverie et caprice, with David Perry
Strauss: Metamorphosen
Brahms: Serenade for Orchestra, No. 2

February 16, 2014: Romantic Remix
Scott Speck, Conductor
Susan Platts, Mezzo-Soprano
Court Theatre: Hillary Clemens and Matt Schwader

Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Mahler: Rückert-Lieder
Lully / Strauss: Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, with scenes from Molière’s play performed by actors from Court Theatre

April 13, 2014: Passport to Passion
Leif Bjaland, Conductor
Marguerite Lynn Williams, Harp
Jeff Nigro, Art Historiam (Art Institute of Chicago)

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Saint-Saëns: Morceau de Concert for Harp and Orchestra, with Marguerite Lynn Williams
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7, featuring participants from Side-by-Side

May 11, 2014: Romantic Rapture
Scott Speck, Conductor
Benjamin Beilman, Violin
Chicago Shakespeare Theater:  Susan Shunk, Allen Gilmore, and Andy Ahrens

Verdi:  Overture to La forza del destino
Violin Concerto, with Benjamin Beilman
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, with selected scenes from Shakespeare’s play performed by actors from Chicago Shakespeare Theater

2012-2013 Season

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September 30, 2012Bravo Brazil!
Gomes: Overture to the Opera Il Guarany
Lacerda:  Oboe Concerto
Pitombeira:  Seresta No. 7

November 4, 2012:  Beethoven and Mozart
Joel Smirnoff, Conductor
Beethoven:  Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 61
Mozart:  Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

April 21, 2013: Nordic Romance
David Perry, soloist and leader
Scott Speck, commentator
Grieg: Two Lyrical Pieces and The Holberg Suite (“From Holberg’s Time”)
Sibelius:  En Saga (A Recreation of Original Version)
Svendsen: Romance for Solo Violin and Strings, Op. 26
inding:  Suite for Violin and Orchestra in A Minor, Op. 10

Friday, May 24, 2013:  Rachleff’s Finale: Bernstein and Schubert
Larry Rachleff, conductor
Bernstein: Symphony No. 1 (“Jeremiah”)
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (“The Great”)

2011-2012 Season

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The orchestra played four main stage concerts:
October 2, 2011
Bach:  Orchestral Suite No. 3
Rodrigo:  Concierto de Aranjuez
Villa-Lobos :  Guitar Concerto
Villa-Lobos:  Sinfonietta No. 1
De Falla:  The Three Cornered Hat

November 13, 2011
Aaron Copland:  Quiet City for English Horn, Trumpet and Strings
Tchaikovsky:  Serenade for Strings in C Major
Dmitri Shostakovich:  Piano Concerto No. 1

April 22, 2012:  “Speck”-tacular Beethoven
Scott Speck, Conductor
Beethoven:  Sym­phony No. 7 and the Fidelio Overture.

May 2, 2012
Dvorak:  Symphony No. 8
Tchaikovsky:  Violin Concerto, David Perry, soloist