Leonard Bernstein’s “Serenade” was given the subtitle “after Plato’s Symposium” and each movement is named after a great ancient Greek even though the music is as radical as anything Bernstein wrote. The piece is a modern violin concerto—performed by Chicago violinist Ilya Kaler—with accompaniment of harp, percussion and strings a la Bartok with Bernstein’s gift for melody apparent throughout. Brahms Third Symphony is the warhorse on the program and Elgar’s frothy orchestral transcription of Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in c minor for organ fill out the Carlos Kalmar-conducted program. (Dennis Polkow)
August 11 at Pritzker Pavilion.