The 2012/13 RIVERS exploration includes a broad range of concerts, spanning the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Center Presents season.

Florence Price

May 9-14
FLORENCE PRICE’S MISSISSIPPI RIVER
The CSO, led by Mei-Ann Chen, perform Mississippi River by Chicago treasure Florence Price. Also on the program is Rimsky-Korsakov’s vibrant Sheherazade. [More Information]

Friends of the Chicago River

May 11 [FREE]
CHICAGO RIVER CLEAN-UP DAY    Friends of the Chicago River
Friends of the Chicago River hosts a special day dedicated to preserving one of our city’s great resources. Join the CSO in reaching out to protect and preserve our river—volunteer and lend a hand!

Civic Orchestra

May 13 [FREE]
CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO
Yo-Yo Ma curates a unique program for Civic that examines flowing waters as a symbol of discovery, culture and communication, culminating in a performance of Beethoven’s Pastoral with no conductor.
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Yo-Yo Ma

May 15
YO-YO MA WITH MUSICIANS FROM THE CSO
Yo-Yo Ma joins musicians from the CSO in this program featuring Dvořák’s joyful American Quartet, written during a summer spent in the soft rolling hills of Iowa’s Turkey River Valley. [More Information]

Juanjo MenaMay 16-21
AMAZONAS
Juanjo Mena conducts the CSO in Villa-Lobos’ Amazonas, based on the story of a girl who bathes in the Amazon and is swallowed by a monster. Takemitsu’s riverrun uses the river’s flow as a metaphor for how composers influence one another. The program closes with Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony. [More Information]

Yo-Yo MaMAY 18
RIVERS SYMPOSIUM
Join us for a day of probing conversation and music, featuring public discussion between leading river experts and musical interludes. Special guests will include Yo-Yo Ma; John Briscoe, Professor of Environmental Engineering at Harvard University; and David Blackbourn, Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. This event will take place on the Armour Stage of Orchestra Hall.
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Marc-André HamelinMAY 19
MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN piano
“One-of-a-kind concert artist” (The Los Angeles Times) Marc-André Hamelin brings a virtuosic program that includes Ravel’s Jeux d’eau (Fountains) and Debussy’s Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water).
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CSO Chamber SeriesMAY 19
CSO Chamber Series at the Art Institute
Imagery of rivers abounds in the Art Institute’s galleries. Explore these masterworks alongside a program featuring one of the most famous songs Schubert ever composed, Die Forelle (The Trout). [More information]

Carlos Miguel PrietoMAY 23-28
LA NOCHE DE LOS MAYAS
The CSO and Carlos Miguel Prieto bring a program with Latin flavor to Symphony Center, including Revueltas’ La noche de los mayas, which features a battery of exotic South American percussion instruments. [More information]

Orbert DavisMAY 24
ORBERT DAVIS’ CHICAGO JAZZ PHILHARMONIC
The Chicago Jazz Philharmonic presents a newly-commissioned work celebrating the Chicago River and the impact it has had in making our city a great American metropolis. [More information]

David FrayMAY 30-JUNE 4
LIQUID INTERFACE
Inspired by the various states of water from frozen to evaporated, CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates created Liquid Interface in 2006. Jaap van Zweden leads the CSO and David Fray in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25. [More information]

Mason BatesJUNE 3
MusicNOW: RIVERS
Two electro-acoustic “water pieces” from composers Marcos Balter and Kaija Saariaho are featured in the final MusicNOW concert of the 2013/14 season. [More information]

Ping Tom Memorial ParkJUNE 9
SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER?
Enjoy the power of music and the Chicago River at this very special event at Ping Tom Memorial Park. Members of the CSO brass will embark on a musical voyage down the Chicago River aboard Chicago’s Leading Lady and dock at Ping Tom Memorial Park for a celebration featuring a diverse array of performers from throughout Chicago. [More Information]