As the architectural centerpiece in Chicago’s classical-music landscape, Symphony Center is appropriately multifunctional. Its primary role, of course, is as the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which performs in Orchestra Hall every weekend from autumn to early summer. The CSO’s main program is supplemented by occasional visits from touring soloists, small ensembles and orchestras; Saturday morning family concerts; sporadic pop and jazz shows; and occasional concerts from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago (the CSO’s training orchestra for young musicians) and the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Also on site is Buntrock Hall, an auxiliary space for chamber music; the elegant Grainger Ballroom, which stages lectures and small ensemble performances; plus a learning center, a music-themed restaurant (Rhapsody) and a shop selling gifts and CDs, including many from the CSO’s own Resound label.
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220 S Michigan Ave
|Cross street:||between Adams St and Jackson Blvd|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue, Red to Jackson; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams. Bus: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7.|
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra: It's A Wonderful Life
Experience Frank Capra's classic tale of Christmas redemption accompanied by a live performance of Dimitri Tiomkin’s score. Even if you've seen the movie before, you'll want to witness the CSO replicating the sweeping string arrangements while James Stewart...Classical and opera Friday December 9 2016 - Sunday December 11 2016Read more
Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Merry, Merry Chicago!
The CSO teams up with the Chicago Children’s Choir and vocalist Ashley Brown for an evening of holiday standards, including carols, sing-alongs and selections from The Nutcracker and Home Alone. You'll get to see Santa Claus, enjoy some amazing classical...Classical and opera Friday December 16 2016 - Friday December 23 2016Read more
Chicago Sinfonietta: MLK Tribute Concert
Conductor Mei-Ann Chen leads the Chicago Sinfonietta in its annual tribute to the life and enduring message of Dr. Martin Luther King. With the help of a diverse group of young musicians, the orchestra presents a jubilant program that culminates in Ode...Classical and opera Saturday January 14 2017 - Monday January 16 2017Read more
Budapest Festival Orchestra
The acclaimed Budapest Festival Orchestra comes to Symphony Center, under the direction of Hungarian conductor and composer Iván Fischer. The orchestra will present an all-Beethoven program, including his famous Fifth Symphony and his Second Piano Concerto,...Classical and opera Wednesday February 8 2017Read more