In an effort to attract more young people to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), students can purchase advanced tickets for as little as $10. Once a student ticket is purchased, the CSO randomly selects an empty seat for that night’s performance. My $10 ticket landed me in the third row. There is no better way to experience one of the world’s most elite orchestras.
Last night’s performance, directed by Sir Elder, included symphonies by Ives, Mozart and Strauss. Following Ives’ Symphony No. 2, Richard Goode joined a smaller collection of strings for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. The night was capped by CSO’s rendition of Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Including intermission, the show lasted just over 2 hours. It was truly an amazing experience.