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Violinist Simone Lamsma to Make Her Debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 6/5-8

Violinist Simone Lamsma to Make Her Debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 6/5-8

Violinist Simone Lamsma makes her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), on June 5-8, with guest conductor Jaap van Zweden leading Benjamin Britten's Violin Concerto. Also featured on the program is Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47. Lamsma's appearance is endowed in part by the Nuveen Investments Emerging Artist Fund, which is committed to nurturing the next generation of great classical music artists.

Concerts take place at Symphony Center on Thursday, June 5 and Saturday, June 7 at 8 p.m., on Friday, June 6, at1:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 8, at 3 p.m. This program is part of the CSO's Truth to Power Festival. For more information, visit cso.org/truthtopower.

Britten's Violin Concerto was originally composed to boldly announce the young composer's arrival in America with a magnificent and hope-filled display of virtuosity.

The powerful Fifth Symphony was Shostakovich's "creative reply" to the official condemnation of his opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, criticized as "muddle instead of music" after Stalin viewed the production. It quickly became, and remains today, one of the composer's most popular and most frequently performed compositions.

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Program and Ticket Details

Tickets for all CSO concerts can be purchased by phone at 800?223?7114 or 312-294?3000; online at cso.org, or at the Symphony Center box office: 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.

Discounted student tickets for select concerts can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call 312-294-3040.

Artists, programs and prices are subject to change.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 8 p.m.
Friday, June 6, at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 8, 2014, 3 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, conductor
Simone Lamsma, violin

BRITTEN Violin Concerto, Op. 15
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 in D Minor, Op. 47

Tickets: $31-$246

Preconcert Programming (June 5-8)

June 5, 6:30 p.m; June 6, 11:45 a.m; and June 7, 6:30 p.m, Grainger Ballroom:
"Best of Britten Film and TV Scores"
This screening of specially-prepared collections of film and television clips features scores by Benjamin Britten curated by John Riley (British Universities Film and Video Council), including Night Mail and Love from a Stranger. This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the evening's repertoire with Derek Matson. Open to all ticketholders.

June 8, 1:30 p.m., Armour Stage: "Confrontation or Collaboration? The Arts Under Stalin"
Clare Cavanagh explores the effect of Josef Stalin's regime on the arts. Presented by the Poetry Foundation. This presentation will be followed by a discussion of the evening's repertoire with Derek Matson. Open to all ticketholders.

About Jaap van Zweden
Amsterdam-born Jaap van Zweden has risen rapidly in little more than a decade to become one of today's most sought-after conductors. Since 2008 he has been music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and since 2005 chief conductor and artistic director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Radio Chamber Orchestras (until 2012). Appointed at 19 as the youngest concertmaster ever of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, he began his conducting career in 1995 and held the positions of chief conductor of the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra (1996-2000), chief conductor of the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague (2000-2005) and chief conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (2008-2011). Van Zweden received Musical America's Conductor of the Year Award 2012 in recognition of his critically acclaimed work as music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and as a guest conductor with the most prestigious U.S. orchestras.

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