One year before George Gershwin premiered his “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in 1924, Czech composer and pianist Erwin Schulhoff premiered his Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra which, like Gershwin’s work, was an early experiment in fusing the American jazz idiom with the European classical music tradition. One hopes that pianist Philippe Bianconi, James Conlon and the CSO will do more justice to the Schulhoff concerto than the mess that Andrew Litton and the CSO made of the more familiar Gershwin score at last week’s Gershwin Gala, and also that the Mahler Fourth with soprano Anna Christy will go far better with Conlon and company than their recent, rather scrappy Mahler Third performance together.
July 21 at Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theatre, Lake-Cook and Green Bay Rds., Highland Park, (847) 266-5100. 8pm. $10-$45.