Picture 99While other major symphony orchestras may close its season with a grand finale, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra closes with a three-week homage to the greatest composer of all-time, Beethoven. There are a whopping 28 events packed into these 18 days, that feature symphonies led by principal conductor Bernard Haitink (who is also celebrating his four-year tenure as principal conductor of the CSO), pre-concert chamber music that is free to the public, film screenings and more. What makes this event so special and unique is that while Beethoven’s music is often performed, it is performed individually, and this is a rare occasion where the familiar and less familiar works will be performed in a complete cycle.