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Our season begins with an engaging work of Bartók exuding the influence of popular Hungarian folk tunes. The Brahms “Tragic” Overture is much more dramatic than tragic in nature, and is as brilliant a work as any of his four beloved symphonies. With the powerful Bruckner Symphony No. 6, Maestro Heatherington continues his acclaimed traversal of these inexplicably neglected masterpieces.
Bartók Hungarian Sketches
Brahms Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Bruckner Symphony No. 6 in A
After the teasing foretaste of Bartók in September, we come to one of his greatest, most popular and most immediately accessible works: the glorious violin concerto, placed in the hands of one of the foremost concert violinists of our time, Ilya Kaler. Bracing this centerpiece will be Benjamin Britten’s loving recasting of the second movement from Mahler’s third symphony and Dvorák’s irrepressibly tuneful eighth symphony, a work representing romantic nationalism at its most endearing.
Mahler-BrittenWhat the Wild Flowers Tell Me
Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2
Ilya Kaler, violin
Dvorák Symphony No. 8
Who doesn’t love the great melodies of Bizet’s Carmen? The amazingly gifted Russian composer, Rodion Shchedrin, pieced together all our favorite tunes into a ballet score replete with a large and rivetingly entertaining percussion section. The music itself is so amazing that you won’t miss the dancers. Our principal oboist, formerly occupying the same position with Milwaukee Symphony, will warm your hearts with the rapturously beautiful Vaughan Williams concerto. Completing the program is arguably the most important and best known work for string orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s stunning Serenade for Strings.
Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto
Stephen Colburn, oboe
TchaikovskySerenade for Strings
Bizet-Shchedrin Carmen Suite
While this season puts on temporary hold our enthusiastically received perusal of the Vaughan Williams symphonies, we are not neglecting his work. David Taylor “owns” The Lark Ascending, as long-time Ars Viva patrons will attest; and Ars Viva/CSO principal violist Charles Pikler is long overdue for a performance of the serenely exquisite Flos Campi, based entirely on texts from Solomon’s Song of Songs. Two wondrous classical symphonies, both the results of composers somewhat looking to the past, round out an incredibly varied and appealing program.
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending
David Taylor, violin
Beethoven Symphony No. 8
Vaughan Williams Flos Campi
Charles Pikler, viola
members of Chicago Master Singers
Prokofiev Classical Symphony
How does one end such a season other than by pulling out the stops? Listeners who live in fear of Schöenberg need not worry: his orchestration of one of Brahms’ greatest chamber works is an artistic achievement of the highest order, so successful in bringing the music into the orchestral realm that it is often labeled, “Brahms’ Fifth.” A reprise of the audience favorite Fantastic Scherzo by Dvorak’s pupil and son-in-law will preface a solo appearance by another stellar performer from the Music Institute of Chicago/Ars Viva Young Artist Competition. All’s well that ends well, and this season ends very well indeed!
Suk Fantastic Scherzo
for Violoncello and Orchestra
Winner of the Music institute of Chicago
Brahms-Schöenberg Piano Quartet in G minor
All concerts at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois
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SAVE your special SEATS in this beautiful acoustically superb 850-seat performance hall located near Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center and many great restaurants.
Chicago’s finest musicians, many of whom are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
As he introduces each piece of music, Maestro Heatherington will keep you enthralled, informed and smiling.
Always interesting music with some pieces that you will not hear anywhere else in Chicago – a perfect mix of old and new!