Rhapsody In Blue

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

James Conlon, Conductor
Kevin Cole, Piano

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
4:30 PM
Donor Gates Open
5:00 PM
Public Gates Open
8:00 PM
Concert Starts

Tickets: $80/25
Lawn: $10
Ticket & dining package $75 (Promo code DINING)

Dining Package: You can make the concert a complete evening out when you purchase the concert/dining package for $75 per performance. This convenient package comes complete with dinner in the Mirabelle followed by the performance in Pavilion.


Nicolai:   Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
Schulhoff:   Scherzo from Symphony No. 5
Gershwin:   Rhapsody in Blue
Mendelssohn:   Overture: The Hebrides, Op. 26 (“Fingal’s Cave”)
Weber:   Overture to Oberon
J. Strauss Jr.:   Overture to Die Fledermaus
Chit-Chat Polka, Op. 214
Thunder and Lightning Polka, Op. 324
J. Strauss Sr.:   Radetzky March, Op. 228

About The Artist

Pianist Kevin Cole fires up Gershwin’s timeless Rhapsody in Blue as part of James Conlon’s latest program of rollicking overtures and dances. The comedy of Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, Weber’s Oberon and J. Strauss Jr.’s Die Fledermaus lend frivolity to their overtures, while Mendelssohn’s Hebrides overture—a standalone concert piece instead of an introduction to an opera—transports you to the shores of Scotland. Dances by the Viennese masters are contrasted with the Czech furiant rhythms in Schulhoff’s Scherzo.

Program Notes

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Concert Information

Due to scheduling difficulties beyond his control, the originally announced Chucho Valdés will not perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The piece will be performed by Kevin Cole. Cole last played Rhapsody at Ravinia in 2011, leaving the Chicago Tribune saying, “When Kevin Cole sits down at the piano, you would swear Gershwin himself was at work ... Cole stands as the best Gershwin pianist in America today.”

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