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Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story highlight the Chicago Symphony in August 2020


We'll hear the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story open the August 27th broadcast of the CSO. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story reimagined the most enduring romance ever as a modern musical, with a score and dancing for the ages. Now, more than 60 years later, thanks to endless stagings and film renditions, West Side Story is considered one of the most critical cultural accomplishments of the 20th century.

8/6        Wagner: Prelude to Act 1 of Lohengrin Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 Grieg: To Spring from Lyric Pieces Tchaikovsky:   Symphony No. 5 (Denis Kozhukhin, p; Japp van Zweden, cond)

8/13      Tippett: Little Music for String Orchestra Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 Tippett: Praeludium for Brass, Bells, and Percussion Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 (Paul Lewis, p; Sir Andrew Davis, cond)

8/20      Boccherini: Symphony No. 6, La casa del diavolo Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto Bach: Mandolin Concerto Trad. Bulgarian/Avital: Bucimis Vivaldi: Flautino Concerto Haydn: Symphony No. 103, Drumroll (Avi Avital, mand; Giovanni Antonini, flautino and cond)

8/27      Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story Mozart: Bassoon Concerto  Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (Keith Buncke, bn; Rafael Payare, cond)