CSO to offer online pay-per-view chamber series

Sun Sep 06, 2020 at 12:12 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Todd Rosenberg

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will present an online chamber series this fall. A streaming initiative was expected after the orchestra stated in July that there would be no live CSO concerts through December 23 due to the continuing pandemic.

Illinois remains locked in Phase 4, which limits public gatherings to 50 people (except for sanctioned political protests). With Illinois one of the few states in the country where data is currently showing a rise in Covid-19 cases, a move into the full opening of Phase 5 continues to seem far off in the distance.

In the CSO announcement of the project—details of which were leaked by Riccardo Muti to favored media ahead of the press release drop—the fall season will present “CSO Sessions,” a new online pay-per-view series of chamber concerts performed by orchestra members.

The series will launch October 1 and continue on Thursday nights. All performances will be prerecorded and performed with masks and social distancing on the stage of Orchestra Hall, and accessed via the orchestra’s new CSOtv platform.

Individual “episodes” are priced at $15 with a 20% discount for those who purchase three or more programs. For further information go to cso.org/tv.

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