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. Principal conductor Bernard Haitink has elevated the orchestra to new heights both home and abroad; Riccardo Muti takes over at the top in 2010, with the fiercely precise Pierre Boulez continuing to serve as conductor emeritus. 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.
|Venue name:||Symphony Center, Buntrock Hall||Contact:|
220 S Michigan Ave
|Cross street:||between Adams St and Jackson Blvd|
|Transport:||El stop: Red, Blue to Jackson; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams. Bus: 3, 6, 26, 145.|
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