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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra at The Morton Arboretum

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra at The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum once again hosts the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a series of concerts this summer. Last year's concerts attracted thousands of music lovers for the rare treat of enjoying symphonic music amid the magnificent trees of the Arboretum. 

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Concert Lineup

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Hollywood Heroes and Superheroes
Richard Kaufman, conductor
John Williams: March from Superman
Ennio Morricone, arr. Henry Mancini: "First Youth" from Cinema Paradiso
Danny Elfman: Batman Suite
Elmer Bernstein: Music from Animal House
George S. Clinton: Shagadelic Suite, The Music of Austin Powers
Williams: "The Throne Room/End Title" from Star Wars
Jerome Moross: "Main Title" from The Big Country
Lee Holdridge: Music from The Tuskegee Airmen
Williams: March from Midway
Mancini: Theme from The Pink Panther
Alexander Courage: Theme from Star Trek
Bernstein: Airplane! Suite
Elfman: Spiderman Suite

The valiant Richard Kaufman leads the fearless Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Hollywood's most epic and heroic film scores, including selections from Austin PowersSpider ManStar Wars, Superman, and more. Don't miss this summer's blockbuster!

Friday, June 26, 2015  at 7:30 p.m.
Russian Splendor
James Feddeck, conductor
Igor Stravinsky: "Circus Polka"
Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird 

Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2

Rising-star conductor James Feddeck leads this evening of Russian masterpieces. The delightful "Circus Polka," written to accompany an elephant ballet, leads into Stravinsky's first ballet score, the dazzling Firebird. The concert ends with Rachmaninov's well-loved second symphony, brimming with gorgeous melodies.

Saturday, June 27, 2015  at 7:30 p.m.
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
James Feddeck, conductor
Mikhail Glinka: Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto
Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique

Glinka's rousing overture to the opera Ruslan and Ludmila opens the program, followed by Haydn's masterful trumpet concerto performed by Principal Trumpet Christopher Martin. Berlioz' transendent and fantastical symphony, inspired by the anguish of unrequited love, brings the concert to a captivating close.

Plan your visit

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs. You are welcome to bring your own food, but no outside alcoholic beverages are permitted at the Arboretum. Alcohol will be confiscated and will not be returned to patrons. Arboretum staff are unable to assist with transporting chairs, coolers, or any other guest belongings to the concert location. Please keep this in mind as you pack your concert gear!




Parking for vehicles bearing valid disability parking placards or license plates is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Morton Arboretum has a very limited number of accessible parking spaces, be sure to bring your valid disability parking placard with you and have it in hand to show our parking attendants when you enter the Arboretum.

Vehicles without valid disability parking placards will be directed to various parking areas throughout the Arboretum by our parking attendants. Be aware that some of these parking areas require a walk of up to one third of a mile to reach the concert location. Arboretum staff will not be able to transport items for you. Please pack only what you can carry comfortably.


The Morton Arboretum has a very limited number of non-motorized wheelchairs available for guest use. They are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis in the Visitor Center and cannot be reserved in advance. Please consider bringing your own wheelchair or other mobility device if you, or somebody in your party, will need it as the quantity available on site is extremely limited.


Thursday through Saturday, June 25, 26, and 27, 2015
7:30 p.m.


Thursday concert: $49
Friday and Saturday concerts: $40

Parking: $10 per vehicle

Arboretum member ticket prices are $35 for each concert and include free parking. Not a member? Join today!

Please note there is a $5 per ticket processing fee.


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ONLINE at cso.org/morton
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