Chicago Symphony’s first indoor, in-person concerts, May 27-June 13, led by three guest conductors

Posted on: May 6, 2021

“The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has just announced that beginning May 27, and running through June 13, the CSO will perform its first concerts for a live audience since March 2020,” writes Hedy Weiss in Tuesday’s (5/4) WTTW TV (Chicago). “In accordance with current state and city COVID-19 guidelines … the concerts (each about an hour long) will welcome reduced-capacity audiences of about 400 people … with up to 45 musicians … Created with the artistic guidance of Maestro Riccardo Muti (who is still at home in Italy), the playfully titled programs will [include] Fanfare, … focusing on music for brass and percussion, … [led by] CSO trombone Michael Mulcahy… Strum, [led by] Erina Yashima, former CSO Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice and current assistant conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will [feature ‘Strum,’] a rhythmically exuberant piece by Jessie Montgomery … who was just appointed the new the CSO Composer-in-Residence.… The concert will open with two ‘Novelettes’ by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and will also include” works by Schubert and Kodaly. “Overture … led by Edo de Waart … will feature Mozart’s Overture to ‘Don Giovanni’ as well as the composer’s … Symphony No. 40, and Wagner’s ‘Siegfried Idyll.’ ”