Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14 from 1969 sets eleven death-related poems and was written for British composer-conductor Benjamin Britten as a pseudo and macabre tribute to that composer’s “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings,” and is being performed by Ravinia music director James Conlon and the CSO. The more upbeat orchestral showpiece, Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition,” is included, and is a tour-de-force for the virtuosity of the CSO. (Dennis Polkow)
July 8 at Ravinia Festival, Lake-Cook and Green Bay Rds., Highland Park, (847)266-5100. $10-$45. 8pm.