This season opening concert of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series features a major work by the CSO’s new composer-in-residence: Mark-Anthony Turnage’s “Kai,” a cello concerto written for a cellist friend that will be performed here by CSO cellist Katinka Kleijn and an ensemble led by Cliff Colnot. The rest of the program, which was chosen by Turnage, includes British composer Jonathan Harvey’s “Song Offerings” and “Whispers from Heavenly Death,” a setting of a Walt Whitman poem by German composer Hans Werner Henze; both works will feature soprano Tony Arnold. (Dennis Polkow)
October 23 at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, (312)294-3000. 8pm. $20.