Chicago Philharmonic presents Nordic sounds

“To hear or not to hear?” is the question as Scott Speck and the Chicago Philharmonic take your ears on a journey to Denmark.

It begins with the Overture to Hamlet, Tchaikovsky’s dramatic portrayal of the famous Danish Prince. Then Danish violinist Christina Åstrand performs the Midwest premiere of the exhilarating Romantic-era violin concerto of her cherished countryman, Niels Gade.

You may swat at the air around your ears when you hear Arvo Pärt’s most whimsical work, If Bach Had Been a Beekeeper. The program closes with Denmark’s best known composer (and best kept secret), Carl Nielsen. His First Symphony is unforgettable and highly accessible; Nielsen’s youthful and vibrant energy explodes in the very first bar and never lets up.

Danish folk music will be performed in the foyer, and Danish cultural objects, provided by the Danish Pioneer, will be on display.  Click here for more information.

Tickets are $25-$75.  Student tickets are $10 with valid student ID, and only available by phone or at the door.  For tickets, call 312-957-0000, or buy online.

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