Chicago Symphony concerts with Muti: Glass, Price, Still, Verdi, Mazzoli, Montgomery

Posted on: October 19, 2021

“For much of the past year … COVID-19 restrictions prevented Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti from coming to the U.S.,” writes Hannah Edgar in Sunday’s (10/17) Chicago Tribune. “ ‘When we met the other day, immediately the orchestra was in excellent (form). Now, things, I think, are becoming better and better.’ … Muti returns several times over the course of the season, beginning with the first CSO performances of Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 11…. Muti conducts hometown hero Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3 and William Grant Still’s ‘Mother and Child.’ … The season closes with the CSO’s first performance of ‘Un ballo in maschera’ … in concert … and the annual Concert for Chicago, this time playing Shostakovich’s Festive Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 at Millennium Park…. The CSO [will] unveil new works commissioned by the orchestra [including] the much-anticipated world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s ‘Orpheus Undone’ … and the first of three promised new orchestral works by Jessie Montgomery…. Beethoven crops up all over the 2021-22 season.” The article also includes plans for the CSO’s Civic Orchestra, MusicNOW, chamber and jazz series, and a collaboration with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque on The Chevalier, about 18th-century composer Joseph Bologne.