Gil Shaham Debuts in Dual Role of Soloist/Conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Renowned violinist Gil Shaham will make his debut as both conductor and soloist in four performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this week. This will mark Shaham’s first Symphony Center appearance since February of 2007. He will play/conduct three violin concertos – Violin Concerto No. 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn, Violin Concerto No. 5 (Turkish) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the CSO’s first performances of Concerto funebre by Karl Amadeus Hartmann (OCTOBER 21, 22, and 23 ONLY)  written in protest of the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. The program will also include an orchestral performance of Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber.

Performances will take place on Wednesday, October 20 at 6:30 PM; Thursday, October 21 at 8:00 PM at North Central College in Naperville; Friday, October 22nd at 1:30 PM; and Saturday, October 23 at 8:00 PM. The Wednesday, October 20 performance will not include the Hartmann Concerto. Instead, there will be a $5 appetizers/drink “happy hour” special at Rhapsody restaurant and the chance to meet Shaham and enjoy free wine at the reception after the concert.

The CSO has generously given tickets to Contrapuntist and me for this concert. We will publish our review next week.

For tickets to the Symphony Center performances, please call 312-294-3000 or go to For the North Central College performances, please call 630-637-SHOW or go to

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