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When: Thu., June 11, 8 p.m. 2009

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is closing its season with a three-week celebration of Antonin Dvorak called “Echoes of a New World,” the most ambitious festival dedicated to one composer the orchestra has ever staged. Running through June 20 (it’s already under way), it showcases the great Czech’s distinctive combination of brilliantly inventive melodies, Slavic elements, and passionate Romanticism. Tonight’s concert features Dvorak’s Cello Concerto (one of the festival’s must-hear works, repeated June 19) with 26-year-old soloist Alisa Weilerstein, as well as the orchestral pieces In Nature’s Realm and Symphony no. 8. The other don’t-miss orchestral piece is the famous Symphony no. 9, From the New World (also performed June 19), with its Native American and African-American melodies, but beginning June 13 there’s also a sampling of Dvorak’s chamber music (including the exhilarating Piano Quintet op. 81) courtesy of the venerable Emerson String Quartet, pianist Jeffrey Kahane, and violist Paul Neubauer. On June 18 and 20, superb soprano Patricia Racette joins the CSO to sing several operatic excerpts (including the sublime “Song to the Moon” from Rusalka) and star in the massive choral work Te Deum; the same program also includes the stunningly sweet Romance for Violin and Orchestra, with soloist Rachel Barton Pine. Sir Mark Elder conducts. For complete listings go to cso.org/dvorak. —Barbara Yaross

Price: $17-$299

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