Venue Details

85 Star Starred
Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60604
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Member Tips

Sonia Nahmod
Business casual or relatively dressy usually
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Sonia Nahmod
None allowed in Symphony Center
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Sonia Nahmod
Parking is available under MI Avenue, and lots of public transportation
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Sonia Nahmod
No conversation,no cell phones, and please minimize the perfume
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Arts Lover
Depends on when you go. Friday or Saturday evenings at the CSO, you really could get a littl emo
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.9 average rating
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38 events
26 reviews
19 stars
attended Oct 10 2009

Agree with another reviewer that I didn't want the evening to end either. Each piece was mesmerizing. The music was beautiful and the encore gave us another view to how talented Joshua Bell is.

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39 events
23 reviews
9 stars
attended Oct 08 2009

wonderful evening of beautiful music

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102 events
15 reviews
28 stars
attended Oct 08 2009

This was my first visit to the CSO and oh, what a wonderful way to begin. We had enchanting evening and one that I will hold onto. Joshua Bell's performance and the CSO gave us everything we could hope for. Bravo and thank you!

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Roberto Abbado, conductor

Joshua Bell, violin

Henry McDowell, organ

Honegger – Horace Victorieux, Mimed Symphony

Bruch – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor

Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo capriccioso

Saint-Saëns – Symphony No. 3 (Organ)

Well known for his performance on the soundtrack to the movie The Red Violin, Joshua Bell returns after his sold-out concerts in 2006 to thrill audiences with Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. Saint-Saëns’ powerful Organ Symphony is noted for its beautiful melodies that are distinctly French in flavor.

(Photo credit: Chris Lee.)

About the Ticket Supplier: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

The CSO is a musical force in Chicago and around the world with more than 150 performances and events a year, 107 talented musicians, two internationally renowned conductors, and two award-winning composers-in-residence.

The central mission of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association is to present classical music through the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Chicago, national and international audiences.

The mission is supported by four mutually reinforcing elements: artistic excellence (continued international preeminence in the field of orchestral excellence), audience development (leading audience development initiatives), education (superior education and community programs) and financial stability (fiscal responsibility for long-term stability).

In November 2008, the CSO was ranked the best U.S. orchestra by Gramophone magazine.