CSO musicians perform a program of chamber music works inspired by opera and tone poems. Opening the program is the opening String Sextet from Richard Strauss’ final opera, Capriccio. The opera revolves around the question: which is more important, poetry or music? The lushness of this sextet, composed in a late-Romantic style, indicates the latter. This is followed by an arrangement of Strauss’ beloved tone poem depicting the mercurial prankster, Till Eulenspiegel. A substantial arrangement for wind ensemble of many of the beloved arias and music from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni concludes the program.
STRAUSS String Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
STRAUSS (arr. Franz Hasenöhrl) Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!, Op. 28
MOZART (arr. Josef Triebensee) Excerpts from Don Giovanni
Sponsorship support for CSO Sessions is generously provided by the Zell Family Foundation; an anonymous donor; Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund; JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation; the Julian Family Foundation, in honor of Cristina Rocca; Cynthia M. Sargent; Megan and Steve Shebik; Betty W. Smykal; TAWANI Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; ITW, and PNC.