Classical 91.5

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Thursdays, 8 to 10 pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, WITH-FM/HD 90.1-2 and online at
  • Hosted by Lisa Simeone

Produced by Marty Ronish and hosted by Lisa Simeone, this weekly, two-hour series offers a unique format of engaging and lively content, including produced segments created to provide deeper insight into the music and programmatic themes found within the CSO’s concert season; interviews with CSO musicians, guest artists, and composers; and an exploration of the stories found within the CSO’s rich heritage of recordings and the Orchestra’s illustrious history in Chicago.

Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as they perform Elizabeth Ogonek's All These Lighted Things. A little over a year ago, Ogonek's piece made its world debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and on 10/4, the orchestra will repeat the program, bringing Ogonek's piece back to the stage.

Chicago Classical Review

Arabella Steinbacher performed Alban Berg's Violin Concerto with Manfred Honeck and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (9/13)

9/6          Ravel: Mother Goose Suite Debussy: La damoiselle élue Ravel: L'enfante et les sortilèges (Kate Royal, Elodie Méchain; Chicago Symphony Chorus; Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Goes to the Movies: August 2018

Jul 27, 2018

Join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a performance of John Williams' The Southern Delegation and The Dream from the Steven Spielberg's film Lincoln. Williams' ability to set a scene through music and sound is famous across the globe, and this piece is no exception. Tune in August 9th!

Scheherazade is a story of ultimate risk and reward. It begins with the King of Persia discovering that his first wife was unfaithful to him. He orders her to death and vows to kill a virgin each night for retribution. Scheherazade, the daughter of the vizier, saves her life by telling the king a story each night, but continuing to stop in the middle each time. He spares her life for 1,001 night, and ultimately falls madly in love with her, sparing her life, and making her his queen.

You've probably heard Rimsky Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee. But have you heard Vaughan Williams Overture to the Wasps? You can on the June 7th broadcast. 

Classical Voice North America

The unusual instrument, the Ondes Martenot, is featured in Messiaen's Turangalîla-symphonie on the May 3rd broadcast.  

Here, Valérie Hartmann-Claverie talks about why she chose to play the Ondes Martenot.

(Photo by Sophie Wingland)

Meet 28 year-old composer-in-residence Elizabeth Ogonek, whose work, "All These Lighted Things" was written for the CSO.  Learn more about Elizabeth.

Penderecki's The Awakening of Jacob can be heard on the 3/29 program, or you can hear a version online here. 

3/1          Prokofiev: Suite from The Love for Three Oranges Poulenc: Gloria Gounod:  Messe solennelle en l’honneur de Sante-Cecile Ravel: Mother Goose Suite (Sandrine Plau, s; Michael Schade, t; Andrew Foster-Williams, bs-bar; Chicago Symphony Chorus, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Alain Altinoglu, cond)

Leopold Stokowski

Learn more about the principal players of the CSO and the history of their performance hall.

According to some, when J.S. Bach wrote The Well-Tempered Clavier, he did not have any particular keyboard instrument in mind, as he equally loved and played many different forms of keyboard instruments, including the organ, harpsichord, clavichord, lute-keyboard - whatever was available at the time.  Learn more. We'll hear the work on January 11th.