Critic’s Choice

Thu Oct 03, 2019 at 9:41 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Scott Speck

Launched in 1991 as Symphony II, the Chicago Philharmonic has weathered three decades of economic downturns and financial crises to emerge fiscally hale and artistically healthy.

Music director Scott Speck opens the Philharmonic’s 30th season Sunday afternoon in Evanston with a typically eclectic lineup: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique”, Anna Clyne’s Masquerade, Ferdinand David’s Trombone Concertino, featuring the Philharmonic’s Jeremy Moeller as soloist, and the world premiere of Young Voices by Harrison Collins.

Concert time is 3 p.m. Sunday at Northwestern’s Pick-Staiger Hall in Evanston. 


MusicNOW opens its 22nd season Monday night at the Harris Theater with a wide-ranging program, curated by current CSO composer-in-residence  Missy Mazzoli. Framing the evening will be two commissioned world premieres: Code Switch by Wang Lu and a new chamber arrangement of Community Acoustics by LJ White.

Also on tap is Francesca Verunelli’s Magic Mauve, Eliza Brown’s Figure to Ground and Finola Merivale’s The Language of Mountains is Rain.

Concert time is 7 p.m. Monday at the Harris Theater.; 312-294-3000.

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