2023/24 Season

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OCTOBER 14, 2023: 5:30p
OPENING NIGHT: Music From The Americas

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Stella Chen, Violin

MÁRQUEZ Danzón No. 2
BARBER Violin Concerto
CZINER Violin Concerto World Premiere
GINASTERA Estancia, Four Dances op. 8a

Thrilled to continue the tradition of opening with an all American Opening Night program but now expanding to include South American sounds, IPO will celebrate its 46th season opening on October 14th, 2023, at 5:30PM with a program of Márquez, Barber, Cziner and Ginastera. The cornerstone of the evening will be the vibrant and colorful playing of violinist Stella Chen as she takes lead on two violin concertos, including the World Premiere of former IPO Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Cziner’s violin concerto. Act II, IPO’s annual Opening Night post-concert celebration event, will feature dinner and a mix and mingle with the musicians at Midlothian Country Club, beginning at 7:30PM that same evening.

NOVEMBER 18, 2023: 7:30p

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Azusa Tashiro, Violin

HUỲNH (IPO Composer-in-Residence) World Premiere
PIAZZOLLA The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
MOZART Gran Partita

Leading with the first of three world premieres by most recently minted Composer-in-Residence Oswald Huỳnh, IPO’s November concert will feature the musical mastery of IPO Concertmaster Azusa Tashiro on Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. The evening will close with Mozart’s Gran Partita, which offers a glorious explosion of Classical-era Harmoniemusik for small wind ensembles and is justly the most famous piece written for this combination of instruments.

DECEMBER 9, 2023: 3:00p
A Celebration of Voice & Music

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Chicago Community Chorus with Dr. Keith Hampton, Artistic Director/Founder

IPO celebrates the holidays with a family-friendly program featuring the ebullient Chicago Community Chorus, led by its Artistic Director / Founder Dr. Keith Hampton. With a special matinee time of 3pm, the IPO Holiday concert has long been a festive tradition for music lovers around the Chicagoland region.

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FEBRUARY 24, 2024: 7:30p

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Sean Chen, Piano

SIERRA New Commission
part of the Virginia B. Toulon Orchestral Commissions Program
GERSHWIN Piano Concerto in F
MARSALIS Concerto for Orchestra
Preview of New Work

IPO presents the work of Arlene Sierra, Wynton Marsalis and George Gershwin in stunning fashion. Sean Chen, whom Wayne Lee Gay (Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Texas Classical Review) describes as owning “…an impressive technique, a remarkable command of piano sonority, and an unusual gift for building musical impetus,” takes center stage for what is sure to be a standout performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. The program will also feature a preview of the famed trumpeter / composer Wynton Marsalis’ new work for symphony orchestra ahead of its World Premiere next season. This is a rare opportunity to get a sneak peek before the world hears it! Also slated for the evening is a new commission by Arlene Sierra, whose work, The Guardian proclaims, “…has its own character, in which historical and contemporary influences are fused into a highly flexible and distinctive style… packed with crisp, vivid detail that’s not at all hand-me-downs.” This last piece is performed as part of the Virginia B. Toulmin Orchestral Commissions Program through the League of American Orchestras.

MARCH 16, 2024: 3:00p

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Elizabeth Huffman, Violin
Anima Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus

DEBUSSY (arr. Mouton) Suite bergamasque
VAUGHN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
THOMAS Gwendolyn Brooks Settings World Premiere Co-commission

With a special afternoon matinee show time set for this youth-centered program, IPO will world premiere a co-commission with Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus by Pulitzer Prize finalist Augusta Read Thomas utilizing poems from Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Brooks’ Bronzeville Boys and Girls and featuring vocals by Anima-Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and ChiArts. Paired with this performance will be Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending and Debussy’s Suite bergamasque. IPO Assistant Concertmaster Elizabeth Huffman steps into the solo spotlight for this afternoon performance.

APRIL 13, 2024: 7:30p

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Lee Shirer, Horn

HUỲNH (Composer-in-Residence) World Premiere
BOLOGNE Symphony No. 1
MOZART Horn Concerto No. 4
HAYDN Symphony No. 104

IPO presents IPO principal horn Lee Shirer at the helm for this stunningly opulent program of classical giants alongside a world premiere of IPO Composer-in-Residence Oswald Huỳnh.

MAY 18, 2024: 7:30p

Stilian Kirov, Conductor
Chicago Community Chorus w/ Dr. Keith Hampton, Artistic Director/Founder
Kimberly E. Jones, Soprano
Leah Dexter, Mezzo-Soprano
Ryan Townsend Strand, Tenor
Bill McMurray, Baritone

HUỲNH (Composer-in-Residence) World Premiere
SHAW Seven Joys
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
200th Anniversary Performance
First performed in Vienna on May 7, 1824

IPO lowers the curtain on their 46th season with a resounding performance of one of music’s most celebrated and well-known works, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. With its debut performance having taken place in Vienna on May 7, 1824, IPO’s performance will commence nearly 200 years to the day after it first came alive. Also, on the bill for this epic evening will be the third installment by IPO Composer-in-Residence Oswald Huỳnh, as well as Caroline Shaw’s Seven Joys. In 2013, at just 30 years old, Shaw became the youngest recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for her composition Partita for 8 Voices. Kimberly E. Jones (soprano), Leah Dexter (Mezzo-Soprano), Ryan Townsend Strand (Tenor), Bill McMurray (Baritone) and the Chicago Community Chorus will lend their thunderous talents to the evening’s program.

Programs and artists subject to change

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