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Higdon & Tchaikovsky 4

Higdon & Tchaikovsky 4
Higdon & Tchaikovsky 4

Taking inspiration from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Tchaikovsky’s Fourth explores fate, progressing from dark despair to defiant triumph. John Storgårds leads this powerfully expressive work, along with the first CSO performance of the deeply moving blue cathedral by Jennifer Higdon, winner of the 2018 Nemmers Prize in Music Composition. The dazzling Ray Chen, making his CSO subscription series debut, brings his “liquid tone that carries with it emotional depth of great intimacy” (The Huffington Post) to the youthful bravura of Wieniawski’s First Violin Concerto.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 7:30 PM


Orchestra Hall


blue cathedral
Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 1
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
John Storgårds conductor
Ray Chen violin


  • Preconcert conversation: Tuesday, December 10, 6:15–6:45, Armour Stage
  • Postconcert Q&A with Ray Chen: Tuesday, December 10, 9:30–11:00, Grainger Ballroom



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These concerts are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.

The performance of Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is supported in part by a generous grant from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in partnership with LOT Polish Airlines.

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