Chicago Symphony to launch fall season Oct. 1 with five virtual chamber programs

Posted on: September 8, 2020

“For now, the focus will be on the intimate and the virtual, with some form of subscriptions part of the thinking, too,” writes Hedy Weiss on Thursday (9/3) at Chicago TV station WTTW. “That is the news from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which Thursday announced its initial plans for the fall 2020 season: a series of chamber music-scaled efforts … for as long as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to make both larger gatherings of musicians and audiences unfeasible…. Specifics about the new CSO Sessions Series … as well as its CSOTv video portal, will be announced on Sept. 17…. At that time information also will be made available about how to access the full range of both free and premium content…. The new digital series of in-demand, high-definition video recordings will feature the performances of CSO musicians filmed onstage in Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall and without an audience. It will begin with five distinct programs premiering each Thursday in October, starting Oct. 1…. The inaugural videos [will include] the music of Brahms, Mozart, Nielsen, Saint-Georges, Caroline Shaw, Tchaikovsky and others…. Also in the planning stage … are additional archival performances, programs for children, jazz performances, piano recitals and more.”