Brahms and Beethoven

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
James Conlon, Conductor
Robert Chen, Violin

Sunday, July 24, 2011
3:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
4:00 PM
Public Gates Open
6:00 PM
Concert Starts

$25 reserved
$10 lawn
Ticket & dining package $45
3-4:45 p.m. Family Space on the north lawn (music-related crafts, storytelling, and "instrument petting zoo")
3:30 p.m. Ravinia Wine Club, Ticket & club package $40

About The Artist

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s formal annual residency at Ravinia, it seemed only fitting to showcase the orchestra’s esteemed concertmaster as Robert Chen takes center stage for Brahms’s symphonically conceived Violin Concerto. Composed in an unusually close collaboration between Brahms and the violinist who performed the world premiere, it represents a new level of integration between the soloist and orchestra. The concert also includes Beethoven’s beloved “Eroica” Symphony, which astounded critics at its premiere and marked the beginning of Beethoven’s transformation of the entire concept of symphonic composition.

Program Notes

Brahms: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3
  in E-flat Major (“Eroica”)

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