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Giuseppe Verdi
could distill an entire storm of raw emotion
into only a few bars, a phrase, a moment. He portrayed
people utterly consumed by their passions—jealousy,
ambition, love, guilt, power and desire. The soaring
melodies and intricate symphonic lines of his music bristle
with the fiery, crackling intensity of his characters.
“The greatest Verdi conductor of our time
was on fire, and so were the Chicago Symphony
Orchestra and Chorus.”
—CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Music Director Riccardo Muti
, continuing the great Italian
operatic conducting tradition, leads the combined forces
of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in
concerts celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday. Experience
the resilience of spirit in “Va, pensiero”; the blood-
soaked ambition of Macbeth; and the deep pathos of the
Requiem Mass as never before.
Subscribers receive priority seating for these sensational concerts
when purchased before April 5. Add these to your order today!
VERDI, MUTI & THE CSO:
Glorious. Incomparable. Sublime.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
8:00
VERDI AND BRAHMS
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti
conductor
J. Strauss, Jr.
Overture to
Indigo and the Forty Thieves
Verdi
Ballet music from
Macbeth
Brahms
Symphony No. 2
The thrilling ballet from
Macbeth
concludes with the three witches
dancing a macabre waltz.
See page 10.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
7:00
SYMPHONY
BALL
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti
conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe
chorus director
Verdi
Choruses and excerpts from
 Macbeth
,
Ernani
,
Nabucco
and
 La forza del destino
The moving chorus “Va, pensiero”
from Verdi’s
Nabucco
became an
anthem for Italian unification, with
its famous words “o mia patria,
si bella e perduta”—oh my country,
so beautiful and so lost.
See page 44.
SEPTEMBER 28–OCTOBER 6
VERDI
MACBETH
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti
conductor
Dario Solari
baritone (Macbeth)
Tatiana Serjan
soprano (Lady Macbeth)
Dmitry Belosselskiy
bass (Banco)
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe
chorus director
Verdi
Macbeth
Verdi’s electrifying psychodrama is a
blood-soaked portrayal of ambition
and guilt.
See page 18.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
8:00
VERDI 200th BIRTHDAY
SPECTACULAR
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti
conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe
chorus director
Verdi
Requiem Mass
From its thundering “Dies Irae”
to its transcendent “Libera me,”
Verdi’s Requiem Mass is a
passionate, transformative masterpiece.
This concert marks the exact
anniversary of Verdi’s birth.
See page 44.
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