CHICAGO, Friday, February 8, 2013. As the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) approaches its 123rd season Music Director Riccardo Muti and Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announced on Wednesday their plans for the 2013-14 year.
A rich array of programs developed by Maestro Muti for the upcoming season will showcase his unique relationship with the musicians of the CSO, while supporting his commitment to bringing live music to the broadest possible audience via the Association’s Citizen Musician initiative. He and the Orchestra will continue to collaborate with today’s visionary artists to present both well-known and less-familiar repertoire.
In Maestro Muti’s fourth season (2013-14) as music director of the CSO, he will lead 10 weeks of concerts with the Orchestra in Chicago, with appearances in September, October, January, February, March and June.
Highlights of the 2013-14 season include:
- Maestro Muti will lead the CSO’s first performance of a work written to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001 by his friend and colleague, Ennio Morricone. The work, "Voices from the Silence" was commissioned by the Ravenna Festival and received its world premiere there under the baton of Maestro Muti.
- A special celebration of Verdi’s bicentennial.
- A survey of Schubert’s orchestral music, including the symphonies and Mass No. 5 in A-flat Major, enriched by additional lieder and chamber music performances.
- The world premiere of a CSO-commissioned work by composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima for two cellos and orchestra. Sollima’s music has been championed by Maestro Muti, who has commissioned and led premieres of his works at both the Ravenna Festival and La Scala. For this premiere with the CSO, Sollima and the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant Yo-Yo Ma will perform the solo parts.
- Truth to Power, a three-week festival in May will feature music by Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich.
- A celebration of Britten’s centennial with performances of the War Requiem and other major works.
- Two weeks of programming by Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez that focus on his work as a composer, teacher and curator.
- CSO Principal Flute Mathieu Dufour and the Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Guillaume Connesson’s CSO-commissioned Flute Concerto.
- Beyond the Score will offer insights into three symphonies by Berlioz, Haydn and Ives as part of a season-long examination of the evolution.
For a full schedule and tickets visit the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's website.