Designed not only for classical music aficionados, but also for newcomers looking to delve deeper into the world of classical music, the first half of this program offers a multimedia examination of Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, including its context in history, how it relates to Dvořák's other works, and the events of the composer's life that influenced its creation. The second half is a full performance of the work by John DeMain and the MSO.
Beyond the Score was created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and is being presented in a growing number of cities throughout the nation.
Begun in 2005, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score (BTS) has become one of the most successful and original audience development tools in the field of classical music. The program seeks to open the door to the symphonic repertoire for first-time concertgoers as well as to encourage an active, more fulfilling way of listening for seasoned audiences. At the core of Beyond the Score is its live format: musical extracts, spoken clarification, theatrical narrative, and hand-paced projections on large central surfaces are performed in close synchrony. After each 60-minute program focusing on a single masterwork, audiences return from intermission to experience the piece performed in a regular concert setting, equipped with a new understanding of its style and genesis.
This format’s potential was quickly recognized by orchestras in the United States and abroad; a rapidly expanding licensing program has since brought Beyond the Score to audiences throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada and Holland, presented by organizations of many sizes. Recognizing that a large population is economically or geographically unable to attend these performances in person, the Chicago Symphony also offers digital video streaming of select programs from its website at www.beyondthescore.org.
In September 2008, the CSO released Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony, led by former CSO principal conductor Bernard Haitink, on its CSO Resound label. Accompanying this Grammy Award–winning recording of the symphony is a free bonus DVD video of the gripping Beyond the Score production examining Shostakovich’s controversial and powerful work—the first commercially released video from this concert series.
For more information on Beyond the Score, and to view past productions in streaming video, please visit BeyondTheScore.org