So I went up to Maggiano's for dinner, and then over to Symphony Center for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert. It's been far too long since I heard them there; I'd forgotten how fabulous they sound on a good night. John Adams' Naive and Sentimental Music was superb, utterly ravishing as it built from its opening guitar solo to the sumptuous waves of sound of the full orchestra. In the past, the CSO wasn't particularly good with minimalist or post-minimalist music, but it seems some of the older players (who obviously hated the stuff) have retired since I last heard the CSO in this repertoire, and Esa-Pekka Salonen inspired the current orchestra into an incredible performance.
The Mozart 4th Horn Concerto isn't a major work by any means, but CSO horn player Daniel Gingrich gave it a pleasant reading (and the final movement does feature some rather catchy tunes). The Sibelius 5th was also thoroughly enjoyable.
And now it's time for some more Dragon Quest 8.