January 18-19, 2020 | Music Hall

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Celebrate with us as the CSO ignites the spark of creativity. George Gershwin takes the stage and Music Hall gets loud with color.


WILLIAM WINSTEAD: New Work [World Premiere, CSO Commission]
YSAŸE: Exil!
ELLINGTON: New World A-Comin'
GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue (For Pianola and Orchestra)
DANIEL BJARNASON: Collider [CSO Commission]
SCRIABIN: Symphony No. 5, Prometheus, The Poem of Fire
CSO Commission is made possible by Irwin and Melinda Simon.


Louis Langrée, conductor
Aaron Diehl, piano
Vadym Kholodenko, piano

May Festival Chorus, Robert Porco, director
Tal Rosner, video artist
Additional Artists To Be Announced


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Concert Duration

About 2 hours with intermission


This concert is part of Series 3

What's Interesting

  • We weave together past, present and future in a program featuring the “return” of George Gershwin to Music Hall, who last performed with the CSO in 1929, for a special performance of Rhapsody in Blue recorded for player piano. The CSO will accompany him yet again!
  • Scriabin experienced synesthesia: sound would cause him to hallucinate color. Based on the creation myth of Prometheus, his Symphony No. 5 imagines a new instrument—a “light organ”—which comes to life on our stage through video by Tal Rosner.
  • Louis Langrée summons gigantic orchestral forces for Bjarnason’s CSO-commissioned Collider, inspired by a tool of discovery and exploration.

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