Italian conductor Riccardo Muti will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this April in commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
This Sunday, February 28, at 3:00 p.m. Chicago's Symphony Center Presents PowerShares QQQ Chamber Music series continues with renowned pianist Mitsuko Uchida making her only Symphony Center appearance this season in a chamber music program of works by Schumann and Mozart. Joining Uchida for this performance are Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) principals Stephen Williamson (clarinet), Keith Buncke (bassoon), and John Sharp (cello), associate principal Daniel Gingrich (horn) and guest musician Nathan Hughes -- Principal Oboe of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Civic Orchestra of Chicago's Principal Conductor for the last 20-years, Cliff Colnot, who concludes his tenure with the Orchestra at the end of the 2015/16 season, marks his final podium appearance with the Civic in concert this Monday, February 29, at 8 p.m. The farewell concert will feature Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9 and EOS (Goddess of a Dawn), a 2014 work by Chicago Symphony Orchestra's former Mead Composer-in-Residence Augusta Read Thomas.
World renowned orchestral conductor Sir Mark Elder returns to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in three unique programs in March. Elder, who is currently music director of The Hallé orchestra in Manchester, has made regular appearances with the CSO since his subscription debut in 1983.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association's prestigious training ensemble for emerging professional musicians, The Civic Orchestra of Chicago, has announced the program for its 2015/16 season performances.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's (CSO) innovative MusicNOW 2015-16 series continues with a concert led by MusicNOW Principal Conductor Cliff Colnot on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park. The new program titled (sub)text, which focuses on nontraditional uses of text and voice, is curated by CSO Mead Composers-in-Residence Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek.
World renowned conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen is slated to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert February 24-27 and March 1. The February 25, 26, 27 and March 1 concerts feature internationally acclaimed cellist and CSO Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma as soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, written by the composer for his friend, the virtuoso cellist Mstislav Rostropovich.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra's open rehearsal for invited donors, community groups and the CSO's concerts has been set for February 18-20 with frequent guest conductor Manfred Honeck, Music Director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, announced as the guest conductor. The CSO's own Music Director, Riccardo Muti, was scheduled to helm the event but had to withdraw from all February's concerts and activities in Chicago due to a recent accident and subsequent convalescence.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti may still be convalescing following an accident that has caused him to cancel his February concerts, but that hasn't stopped him from announcing that Czech brothers, Matous and Simon Michal, have been named as the newest members of the second violin section.
74-year-old Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director, Riccardo Muti, could not have been more confident going into last week's concerts in South Korea -- predicting that the attendees at the Seoul Arts Center would not soon forget the CSO's performance there. It seems that that hubris might have led to his having to cancel his upcoming February residency back in the Windy City. While the shows went off without a hitch, a minor accident between the final January 29 concert and Muti's return home led to his needing an emergency hip operation and some time off.
It was only days ago that legendary Russian Gennady Rozhdestvensky had to cancel a concert with the Dresden Philharmonic, after slipping and falling on the icy concrete outside the hall, but the 84-year-old is already said to back on his feet. According to the latest updates, maestro Rozhdestvensky has already recovered enough to fly to Stockholm, with plans to head on Chicago a few days later. So, it seems that his fans in the Windy City need not worry about the famed conductor missing his upcoming dates with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra music leader Riccardo Muti may not be returning to the Windy City until February, but that doesn't mean he won't be making music with the CSO. It's being reported that the 74-year-old Naples native will be working with his world famous orchestra in Seoul, Korea on January 28 and 29, before heading back to Chicago for a couple of weeks of shows next month.
After making his subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra more than 40 years ago, famed German pianist Menahem Pressler is set to make his solo piano debut at the Symphony Center later this month as part of The Symphony Center Presents PowerShares QQQ Piano series. In addition to all the awards and accolades Pressler has received in his 70-year career, his televised Berlin Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert was recently named 2015 Album of the Year by noted music commentator Norman Lebrecht.
The opera 'Andina,' written by Eustasio Rosales in the early 1930s, will receive its world premiere at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre on September 18, 2015. Rosales is considered to be Chicago’s first Hispanic composer.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra recently announced its 125th Anniversary Season, during which the CSO will take a fresh look at some of the works the Orchestra has premiered over the past 125 years. The CSO also announced a renewed focus on the Austro-German orchestral repertoire, from Handel to Mahler, in 2015-16.