Chicago Symphony announces 2012-13 season

Posted on: February 7, 2012

In Tuesday’s (2/7) Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein writes that the 2012-13 Chicago Symphony Orchestra season, Riccardo Muti’s third as music director, “will find him presiding over a wide spectrum of programming designed to satisfy as broad a cultural demographic as possible. … Once again Muti will take the CSO to Millennium Park for a season-opening free concert that will be open to all—a Sept. 21 performance of Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Children’s Choir and soloists. … Cutting across various series next season will be three main programming initiatives. ‘The Wagner Effect,’ celebrating the bicentennial of Richard Wagner’s birth, will include music by Wagner as well as by composers who fell under his influence or rejected his ideas. The second initiative, ‘Rivers: Nature, Power, Culture,’ will include music that has waterways as a central theme or inspiration. There will be 11 concerts in all, culminating in a three-week festival in spring 2013. The third initiative will be a series of 100th birthday salutes to the late Georg Solti, the CSO’s eighth music director. Works central to his repertory will be performed throughout the season, and there will be a celebratory concert on Oct. 21, his actual birthdate, by the World Orchestra for Peace, which he founded in 1995.”

Posted February 7, 2012