CSO cellist Richard Hirschl (photo courtesy of New Philharmonic).

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Richard Hirschl will join Maestro Kirk Muspratt and the New Philharmonic this November in a rich concert program at the ensemble’s home at the McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn.

The concert will feature Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s aria, Kuda Kuda, from Eugene Onegin, arranged for cello and orchestra, featuring Hirschl. The aria powerful melodic line transfers beautifully to the rich sonority of the cello.  Also on the program is Sergei Rachmaninoff’s lyrical Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14. The work, which also features Hirschl, is the last of the composer’s 14 romances. 

Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33, for Cello and Orchestra and selections from The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66a will round out the concert’s first half.

After intermission, the program turns to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60 as its finale.

Richard Hirschl has been a part of the CSO’s cello section since 1989. He has given concerto performances with the Peoria Symphony, Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, and Jupiter Symphony, among others. He is a graduate of the Julliard School, where he was winner of the 1988 Julliard Concerto Competition, worked as an associate teacher before moving to Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in 1987 and a master’s in 1988.

The upcoming concerts will be held at the McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell Blvd.; Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. A free MAC Chat will precede each concert.

​To order tickets or for more information, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.


CSO Cellist Richard Hirschl to Join New Philharmonic in Program of Beethoven, Rachmaninof and Tchaikovsky