The Full Works Concert: Tuesday 17 March 2015, 8pm

Tonight, Jane Jones features music performed by another Great Orchestra of the World, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

One of the 'Big Five' American orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) was founded in 1891, also making it one of the oldest orchestras in the U.S.A.

Its music directors have included such luminaries as Rafael Kubelík, Fritz Reiner, Jean Martinon, Georg Solti, and Daniel BarenboimRiccardo Muti became the orchestra's 10th music director in the 2010–2011 season. He's expected to stay until 2020.

The CSO first broadcast on the radio in 1925. Though often sporadic, there have been broadcasts ever since. Sir Georg Solti also conducted a series of concerts with the Chicago Symphony that were broadcast in the 1970s. They have subsequently been reissued by Decca Video on DVD.

Recordings by the CSO have won a total of 62 Grammy Awards, including several Classical Album of the Year awards, awards in Best Classical Performance in vocal soloist, choral, instrumental, engineering and orchestral categories. In 2007, the orchestra formed its own recording label, CSO Resound©. 

Tonight the CSO play Wagner, Mendelssohn, the music of Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel, and an American classic from George Gershwin.


Richard Wagner: The Flying Dutchman – Overture
Georg Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3 in A minor (‘Scottish’)
George Solti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 

Richard Strauss: Horn Concerto No.1 in E-flat major
Horn: Dale Clevenger
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 

George Gershwin: An American in Paris
James Levine conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra 

Maurice Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole
Daniel Barenboim conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra