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2013/14 Season Press Kit

 

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR 2013/14, RICCARDO MUTI’S FOURTH SEASON AS MUSIC DIRECTOR

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR 2013/14
Released Monday, February 6, 2013 

CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES PROGRAMMING FOR 2013/14, RICCARDO MUTI'S FOURTH SEASON AS MUSIC DIRECTOR

2013/14 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

CHICAGO (February 6, 2013) — Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Music Director Riccardo Muti and Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announce the programming for the CSO and Symphony Center Presents (SCP) 2013/14 season—the Orchestra’s 123rd season and Maestro Muti’s fourth season as music director. Next season, Maestro Muti leads 10 weeks of concerts with the Orchestra in Chicago, with appearances in September, October, January, February, March and June.

The rich array of programs developed by Maestro Muti for the upcoming season 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 continue to collaborate with today’s visionary artists to present well-known and less-familiar repertoire for concert experiences that are both impactful and memorable.

Among Maestro Muti’s programming for the 2013/14 season is 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; and 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 perform the solo parts.

Maestro Muti also leads the CSO’s first performance of a work written to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, by his friend and colleague, Ennio Morricone. Voices from the Silence was commissioned by the Ravenna Festival and received its world premiere there under the baton of Maestro Muti.

The programs of Symphony Center Presents and the Institute for Learning, Access and Training complement CSO subscription programs and demonstrate Maestro Muti’s and the CSOA’s commitment to supporting young musicians and to serving the Chicago community through music. The diverse initiatives of the Institute—25 in all—further support these efforts, while the numerous SCP series bring a wide range of today’s leading artists and ensembles from all genres of music to Chicago. SCP programming in 2013/14 is highlighted by a special commissioning project, led by pianist Emanuel Ax, which explores new works paired with music by Brahms, as well as special Schubert lieder recitals to complement the CSO’s Schubert Cycle.

The SCP Orchestra, Chamber Music and Piano series further expand the broad spectrum of the world’s talent from around the world that come to Chicago to perform on the Symphony Center stage. The SCP Jazz series marks its 20th anniversary in 2013/14 and programming will be announced later this spring.

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