CSO Sessions

CSO Sessions

28 Episodes

CSO Sessions is your front-row seat to the exceptional artistry of the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing the works of composers of the past and of today. With CSO musicians as your guide, discover programs that connect listeners to the transformative power of music, filmed in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, the home of the CSO.

CSO Sessions
  • Fanfare

    Episode 25

    This program of triumphant music by American composers, featuring musicians from the CSO brass and percussion sections, heralded the return of live concerts at Symphony Center in May of 2021. Works by Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber paint the sounds of traditional fanfare and chorale with moderni...

  • Strum

    Episode 26

    Franz Schubert’s sunny and tuneful Fifth Symphony anchors a program led by former CSO Solti Conducting Apprentice Erina Yashima that includes two of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Noveletten, which feature expansive melodies propelled by rhythmic energy. Zoltán Kodály pays homage to the folk music of ...

  • Overture

    Episode 27

    In the final in-person concert from the 2020/21 season, celebrated conductor Edo de Waart led a program that offered a prelude to live music in the season ahead. Wagner’s sun-soaked Siegfried Idyll, first performed as a birthday gift for his wife Cosima, is a poignant musical love letter that she...

  • Strauss & Hailstork

    Episode 28

    Two large chamber works by Richard Strauss frame Adolphus Hailstork’s Arabesques, a sunny and virtuosic piece for flute and percussion, on this final CSO Sessions episode of season 1. The program opens with Strauss’ Metamorphosen, a work for string septet that embodies the complex emotions of the...