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Pekka Kuusisto plays Bryce Dessner's Violin Concerto with the CSO, 2/23 @ 8pm

American composer Bryce Dessner
Photo by Gerhard Kühne
American composer Bryce Dessner

Grammy Award winning, American composer Bryce Dessner, is "a vital and rare force in new music." (Wise Music Classical)

2/2 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Duain Wolfe, dir; Riccardo Muti, cond)

2/9 Beethoven: Overture to Egmont, Symphony No. 4 Still: Mother and Child Price: Symphony No. 3 (Riccardo Muti, cond)

2/16 Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, A Symphonic Picture, Rhapsody in Blue Ravel: Piano Concerto (Inon Barnatan, p; André de Ridder and Jean Martinon, cond)

2/23 Ravel: Mother Goose Dessner: Violin Concerto Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements (Pekka Kuusisto, v; Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sir Georg Solti, cond)

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen describes composer Bryce Dessner as, "...a very modern composer personality because of the fact that he comes from a rock background. And has slowly made his way into so-called 'contemporary classical music' and now he is considered to be one of the most important of his generation."