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Rachleff returns to conduct CPO in 'The Romantic Violin'

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  • Conductor Larry Rachleff

    Conductor Larry Rachleff
    Courtesy of the Chicago Philharmonic

Carolyn Jacobs

Chicago, IL - On Sunday, May 20, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Conductor and Music Director Larry Rachleff returns to Pick-Staiger to conduct the orchestra's fourth and final concert of the season - "The Romantic Violin" at 7 p.m.

The program features Antonín Dvořák's entrancing Symphony No. 8 and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's beautiful Violin Concerto featuring Chicago Philharmonic Concertmaster David Perry.

The evening will start off with a well-known showpiece for violin. Tchaikovsky wrote his Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 in 1878. The piece is one of the most popular violin concertos ever written. It is known for being a very challenging piece to perform, requiring great technical skill.

After the intermission, the orchestra will perform Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88, B. 163. Dvorak composed this piece in Bohemia in 1889 as a tribute to the Emperor Franz Joseph for his encouragement of the arts. The piece premiered in Prague in 1890. Symphony No. 8 was inspired by Bohemian folk music which adds to its cheerful quality.

The concert takes place at 7 p.m. at Pick-Staiger Hall, one of the finest classical music venues in the Chicago area. Pick-Staiger is located at 50 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston on the Northwestern University Campus.

For ticket information, call the Chicago Philharmonic Business Office at (847) 866-6888. Or visit Parking is convenient and free and Pick-Staiger is wheelchair accessible. Individual tickets are $75, $65, $38 and $20. Student tickets are $10.

About the Orchestra

Many of the 80 members of the Chicago Philharmonic are drawn from Lyric Opera's orchestra along with a cadre of seasoned professional musicians who have performed together over many years developing a special ensemble virtuosity that thrills the listener. The orchestra has featured world-renowned conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Sir Andrew Davis and Jesus Lopez-Cobos, and distinguished guest arts such as John Browning, Jorge Osorio and Sharon Isbin. The Orchestra is truly a treasure of the North Shore of Chicago.