Chicago Symphony’s May-June digital concerts to feature premieres by Mazzoli, Smith, Mitchell, Bryan, Reminick

Posted on: April 30, 2021

“The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is offering an ambitious spring program of performances on CSOtv and other digital platforms,” writes Sarah Shay in Wednesday’s (4/28) Musical America (subscription required). “Among them are four new episodes of CSO Sessions, two new episodes in the CSO for Kids series, and three releases in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago series. The season kicks off on May 6 with episode 19 in the CSO Sessions series, which features four chamber works: Leo Sowerby’s Woodwind Quintet, Willard Elliot’s Two Sketches for Woodwind Quintet, Prokofiev’s Quintet, and an arrangement of Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite for wind ensemble. The May 27 bill consists of Volume, a work for percussion by the CSO’s composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli, and Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night). Mazzoli, whose tenure with the orchestra concludes in June, when Jessie Montgomery takes over, has curated the remaining two episodes [featuring] world premieres—Wadada Leo Smith’s Delta Blues and Cult of Electromagnetic Connectivity by Nicole Mitchell—as well as Mazzoli’s Dark with Excessive Bright… Mazzoli has programmed the string quartet Prospective Dwellers by Tomeka Reid and … the world premieres of Requiem by Courtney Bryan, and ‘The Pub’ from In Dreams by David Reminick.”