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Beethoven at Symphony Center

Celebrating 250 years of Beethoven

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Brant Taylor likes to recall his favorite crossover moment.

Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and artists across the Symphony Center Presents series perform signature works by Ludwig van Beethoven in honor of the 250th anniversary of his birth.

The season-long exploration of the individuality, power, and genius of this master musician includes a cycle of Beethoven’s nine symphonies conducted by Riccardo Muti, now in his 10th season as music director. Muti and the CSO open the season with a program of Beethoven’s 1st and 3rd Symphonies, and they close the season with Beethoven’s transcendent 9th Symphony with internationally acclaimed soloists and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

The Beethoven celebration also includes performances of the complete cycle of the composer’s 32 piano sonatas featuring renowned interpreters as the focus of the Symphony Center Presents Piano series. Performers include Rudolf Buchbinder, Kirill Gerstein, Igor Levit, Evgeny Kissin, András Schiff, and Maurizio Pollini, as well as Mitsuko Uchida with an all-Beethoven program that includes the composer’s “Diabelli Variations.”

Other Beethoven masterworks featured this season include violin sonatas, violin and piano concertos, piano trios, and more with artists Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Paul Lewis, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Christian Tetzlaff, and Yo-Yo Ma.

For information and tickets, visit cso.org or call Symphony Center Patron Services at 312-294-3000.


in the Beethoven Symphony Cycle with Riccardo Muti and the CSO. All programs at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.

Muti Conducts Beethoven 1 & 3

Thursday, September 26, through Saturday, September 28

Muti Conducts Beethoven 2 & 5

Thursday, February 20, through Sunday, February 23

Muti Conducts Beethoven 4 & 7

Thursday, April 30, through Sunday, May 3

Muti Conducts Beethoven 6 & 8

Thursday, June 11, through Saturday, June 13

Muti Conducts Beethoven 9

Thursday, June 18, through Sunday, June 21

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