Performance Friday, February 9, 2018 | 8 PM

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
There’s passion and power in Chausson’s and Britten’s sea music. Chausson set Symbolist poetry in his Poème de l’amour et de la mer, a two-song collection with orchestral interlude that is rich with metaphor and infused with steamy Wagnerian harmonies. There’s nothing metaphorical about Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes; the sun’s glimmering light on the water, the sound of church bells, waking birds, and a savage storm are portrayed with gripping realism.


  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
  • Clémentine Margaine, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Jay Friedman, Trombone
  • Michael Mulcahy, Trombone
  • Charles Vernon, Bass Trombone
  • Gene Pokorny, Tuba


  • STRAVINSKY Scherzo fantastique
  • JENNIFER HIGDON Low Brass Concerto (NY Premiere)
  • CHAUSSON Poème de l' amour et de la mer
  • BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
This performance is part of Great American Orchestras.