Grammy nominated acoustic quintet Punch Brothers (photo courtesy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association).

CSOA Adds Special September Concert Featuring Grammy-Nominated Acoustic Quintet Punch Brothers

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) has announced the addition of a Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Special Concert featuring the Punch Brothers on Friday, September 7, 2018.

A virtuosic acoustic quintet, the Grammy-nominated Punch Brothers—led by charismatic bandleader and mandolinist Chris Thile—mix bluegrass, rock, classical and jazz styles to create their eclectic roots sound.

The program features selections from the band’s entire catalog including their most recent album, The Phosphorescent Blues (2015), which addresses with poignancy and humor a longing for community and human interaction in an age that is dominated by digital communication.

​Frontman, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile makes his return to Symphony Center after two appearances last season: performing an all-Bach program with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and bassist Edgar Meyer, as well as hosting a live broadcast of American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion, now known as Live from Here.
The band also includes Gabe Witcher on violin, Noam Pikelny on banjo, Chris Eldridge on guitar and Paul Kowert on bass.

​Tickets for this SCP Special Concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 2, at 10 a.m., and can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000, online at or at the Symphony Center box office: 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.