If you love great romantic music, this is your lucky Valentine’s Day. What’s not to love when one of the world’s finest orchestras, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, performs Brahms’s oh-so-romantic Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73? (Here’s a video sneak preview–turn up the volume!) The first half of the program features Stravinsky’s Scherzo fantastique in B major, Op. 3, and Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Low Brass, with soloists Jay Friedman and Michael Mulcahy (trombones); Charles Vernon (bass trombone); and Gene Pokorny (tuba).
From $40, February 14, 8 p.m., (561) 832-7469 or TICKETS
Need more? The very next afternoon, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s matinee concert begins with the overture to Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani, followed by Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622 (remember that wonderful love scene in “Out of Africa?”), Steve Williamson, soloist; Chausson’s lavish Poème de l’amour et de la mer, Op. 19, is followed–appropriately–by Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s Peter Grimes, Op. 33a.
From $40, February 15, 2 p.m., (561) 832-7469 or TICKETS
A regular feature of Regional Arts concerts are the Beyond the Stage talks given by Sharon McDaniel at 6:45 pm for MUSIC “At Eight” concerts and 12:45 p.m. for MUSIC “At Two.” As Regional Arts Programming Associate and a long-time classical music journalist, McDaniel provides background information about the program and discusses elements of interest to all audience members, whether musical novices or experts.