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A Chicago Philharmonic Meet Cute: Susan Platts & Neil Kimel

On February 4, 2023, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts performs with Chicago Philharmonic for the second time! Did you know that Susan Platts met her now-husband, Chicago Philharmonic horn player Neil Kimel, at a Chicago Philharmonic concert 9 years ago? Watch this exclusive video to learn more about their “meet cute”.

 

“The first time we worked with Susan was actually the last time that we played a Mahler song cycle,” said Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Scott Speck. “Afterwards, we had a dinner, and at this dinner, Susan sat really close to our horn player Neil Kimel. And just because of the seating arrangement, they ended up talking long into the night and apparently long after the dinner was over.”

 

“I find that audiences really respond to Susan when she sings,” said Neil Kimel, Chicago Philharmonic horn player, Board Director, and now-husband of Susan Platts. “She takes emotion onto the stage with her and is vulnerable and is her true self when she performs. She can hold an audience of thousands of people in the palm of her hands.”

 

Susan Platts sings Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen¬†with Chicago Philharmonic and Maestro Scott Speck for one night only at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Also on the program is Robert Schumann’s euphoric Symphony No. 3, inspired by the magnificent Cologne Cathedral, and Libby Larsen’s nostalgic¬†Deep Summer Music. Tickets start at $27.¬†Get your tickets now!

 

Interested in seeing Chicago Philharmonic’s 22/23 Symphonic Series? Learn more about our upcoming concerts here.

 

Postcard image promoting Songs of a Wayfarer on Feb. 4 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie.

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