Valentine’s Day Weekend: Join us for Romantic Remix!

Chicago Philharmonic welcomes Susan Platts

On Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 p.m., at Nichols Hall in Evanston, end your Valentine’s Day Weekend on a high note with a celebration of musical inspiration, and three very different approaches to the same old love story! Romantic Remix is all about music inspired by other sources, and starts with Siegfried Idyll, in which Wagner celebrates his domestic bliss. Wagner reimagined themes from his opera Siegfried and presented this piece to his wife in honor of her birthday and the birth of their son.  From bliss we move to longing, as we welcome mezzo-soprano Susan Platts to the stage to perform Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, inspired by the soul-searching poetry of Frederick Rückert.

The concert closes with something completely different, as the orchestra explores music for Molière’s play/ballet Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, a hilarious satire about a father whose ambitions push his daughter and her suitor to incredible lengths to get what they want! First we hear themes by Jean-Baptiste Lully, who wrote the original music for the work in 1670. Next, we hear these same themes in a very different take on this satirical comedy by Richard Strauss. Actors from Chicago’s renowned Court Theatre perform spirited excerpts from the play, bringing to life the inspiration behind the music of Lully and Strauss.

Nichols Hall is located at 1490 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.