Chicago Symphony to play Radiohead

Chicago Symphony to play Radiohead


norman lebrecht

May 22, 2014

We’re delighted to find Jonny Greenwood’s Suite from There Will Be Blood in the coming season’s MusicNOW program.

Also in the lineup are an Anna Clyne world premiere (go, Anna!) and a splash of John Zorn.

They’ve come a long way since the Solti days. Details below.

jonny greenwood


Monday, September 29, 2014 at 7 p.m.
James Feddeck, conductor

CHEUNG          SynchroniCities
GORDON          Light is Calling
ADAMS               The Wind in High Places
BATES             The Rise of Exotic Computing

There Will Be Blood

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 7 p.m.

REED/CLARK   Hommage à Scriabin
TRUMAN           120bpm
SCIARRINO       Ai limiti della notte
CLYNE              A Wonderful Day
GREENWOOD Suite from There Will Be Blood

Boulez’s Workshop
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Cliff Colnot, conductor

CLYNE             Postponeless Creature
  MusicNOW commission; world premiere
BATES               Indigo Workshop
BOULEZ           Dérive 2

Myra Melford & John Zorn
Monday, June 1, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Cliff Colnot, conductor
Myra Melford, piano

MELLITS           Octet
SALONEN        Dichotomie
ZORN                Selections from Goetia
MELFORD        The Whole Tree Gone



  • Anna says:

    Why the misleading title? To get more click only? Chicago Symphony are to play Jonny Greenwood’s Suite from There Will Be Blood, and not Radiohead.

  • Bella says:

    Greenwood’s soundtrack to There Will be Blood is like its own character in the movie, truly extraordinary.

  • Chris says:

    I think Chicago Symphony should consider displaying both the first and last names of living composers.

  • Eric says:

    I agree with “Anna”: they are playing Greenwood and not Radiohead. There is a big distinctive difference. Jonny Greenwood has a successful side career as a composer, and that work is not affiliated with Radiohead. The same distinction would apply with Bryce Dessner. If his work was being played, it would be inaccurate to say that music by The National was being performed.