The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) season will open with a free community concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, at Morton East High School's Chodl Auditorium, 2423 S. Austin Blvd., Cicero.
The concert begins the CSO’s celebration of Verdi’s bicentennial with a number of works by the famed Italian composer. Soprano Barbara Frittoli and bass-baritone Luca Dall’Amico are the soloists for two excerpts from Verdi’s La forza del destino.
Verdi’s “Va, pensiero” from Nabucco, will be performed by a community chorus comprised of members of the Morton East High High School Choir, men of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and other amateur musicians from across Chicagoland. The program also includes the overture from Verdi’s Nabucco and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2
This concert is the CSO’s first appearance in Cicero. Chodl Auditorium was built in 1925 in the Beaux-Arts style to function as both a theater and gymnasium for what was then called Morton High School. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available now through the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by calling 312-294-3000 or 800-223 7114. Tickets are also available online at cso.org, or in-person at the Symphony Center Box Office, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.