In this celebratory season, it’s fitting that we honor the University’s long association with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Many CSO musicians and conductors have performed on the Mandel Hall stage over the decades, and to close our season, we’re pleased to welcome the illustrious Chicago Symphony Winds who will offer – conductorless, of course! – some of the most glorious wind ensemble music written.
Both Richard Strauss and Antonín Dvorák looked to Mozart’s “Gran Partita” serenade as inspiration for their works. These two pieces by the youthful Strauss foreshadow his future mature symphonic style. Dvorák’s serenade, filled with Bohemian folk melodies and harmonies, caught the attention of composer Johannes Brahms and the great violinist Joseph Joachim. "Take a look at Dvorák's Serenade for Wind Instruments," Brahms wrote to Joachim in May 1879. "I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do...It would be difficult to discover a finer, more refreshing impression of really abundant and charming creative talent. Have it played to you; I feel sure the players will enjoy doing it!" Indeed they will!
2pm pre-concert lecture with Julianne Grasso
Strauss: Serenade in E-flat Major, Op. 7
Gounod: Petite Symphonie, Op. 216
Dvorák: Serenade in D minor, Op. 44