R I CCARDO MUT I
Music Director
12
OCTOBER 31
D
HAITINK AND AX
Bernard Haitink
conductor
Emanuel Ax
piano
Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 27
Bruckner
Symphony No. 4
(Romantic)
NOVEMBER 21
E
TILSON THOMAS CONDUCTS
MAHLER 9
Michael Tilson Thomas
conductor
Stravinsky
Elegy for J.F.K.
Mahler
Symphony No. 9
Opening with a faint, pulsing rhythm in the
cellos—possibly an echo of Mahler’s faltering
heartbeat, as conductor Leonard Bernstein
once suggested—Mahler’s last completed
symphony has often been described as his
farewell to life. Indeed, the first movement of
the Ninth Symphony is one of classical music’s
supreme achievements, “the most heavenly
thing Mahler ever wrote” as the composer
Alban Berg recognized.
DECEMBER 12
D
PICTURES FROM
AN EXHIBITION
Miguel Harth-Bedoya
conductor
Jorge Federico Osorio
piano
Dvorˇák
Husitská
Overture
Chávez
Piano Concerto
Mussorgsky, orch. Ravel
Pictures from an Exhibition
FEBRUARY 6
D
MUTI CONDUCTS
SCHUBERT MASS
Riccardo Muti
conductor
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe
chorus director
Schubert
Overture in the Italian Style
 in C Major
Morricone
Voices from the Silence
Schubert
Mass in A-flat Major
FEBRUARY 27
E
BOULEZ THE MASTER, Part II
Pierre Boulez
conductor
Stravinsky
Symphony in Three Movements
Stravinsky
Eight Instrumental Miniatures
Ravel
Chansons madécasses
Stravinsky
Concertino for 12 Instruments
Stravinsky
Pribaoutki
Stravinsky
Suite No. 2 for Small Orchestra
Ravel
Une barque sur l’océan
Ravel
Alborada del gracioso
MARCH 20
E
MUTI AND UCHIDA
Riccardo Muti
conductor
Mitsuko Uchida
piano
Schumann
Piano Concerto
Schubert
Symphony No. 9
(Great)
The finale of Schubert’s
Great C-Major
Symphony, energetically galloping to its
tightly-sprung rhythm, is among the most
exhilarating in the symphonic repertoire.
Yet amazingly, this landmark work
lay unknown after Schubert’s death until
discovered and championed by Robert
Schumann. Schumann’s own Piano
Concerto is therefore an apt companion
in this program, performed by the revered
Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida.
APRIL 17
D
GERSHWIN
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
Leonard Slatkin
conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers
violin
Barber
Medea’s Dance of Vengeance
Bates
Violin Concerto
W. Schuman
Symphony No. 6
Gershwin
An American in Paris
MAY 8
E
LABADIE CONDUCTS BEETHOVEN
Bernard Labadie
conductor
Marc-André Hamelin
piano
Rigel
Symphony No. 4
Haydn
Piano Concerto in D Major,
 Hob. XVIII: 11
Kraus
Sinfonia in E Minor
Beethoven
Symphony No. 1
MAY 29
E
VAN ZWEDEN AND WEILERSTEIN
Jaap van Zweden
conductor
Alisa Weilerstein
cello
Prokofiev
Symphony-Concerto
Britten
Suite on English Folk Tunes:
A time there was …
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 9
JUNE 12
D
MUTI CONDUCTS
SCHUBERT 1 AND 6
Riccardo Muti
conductor
David McGill
bassoon
Schubert
Symphony No. 1
Mozart
Bassoon Concerto
Schubert
Symphony No. 6
THURSDAY
C
10 concerts at 8:00 | 5-concert series: THU
D
or THU
E
OCT
31
FEB
27
DEC
12
APR
17
MAY
29
NOV
21
MAR
20
FEB
6
MAY
8
JUN
12
PHOTOS TOP TO BOTTOM:
RICCARDO MUTI, MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA,
LEONARD SLATKIN, ANNE AKIKO MEYERS,
ALISA WEILERSTEIN
2 0 1 3 / 1 4 SEASON H I GHL I GHT
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MAHLER 9
In his beautiful and fearlessly introspective Ninth
Symphony, Gustav Mahler embarked on an epic
search for the eternal. The opening movement starts
mysteriously from tiny stutterings and fragments, then
grows and grows into luscious outpourings of melody
interspersed with brutal parodies and even mocking
references to a famous waltz by Johann Strauss, Jr.
The symphony’s second movement is perhaps the
greatest of all Mahler’s many restless reimaginings of
the traditional Austrian folk-dance, the ländler. This is
followed by the savagely original Rondo-Burleske, at
times astonishing in its violent and bitter modernism,
at other moments lovingly looking through history to
Bach and even earlier.
Among Mahler’s greatest creations, the fourth and
final movement is a set of double-variations beginning
with a chorale remarkably similar to a melody from
Beethoven’s final string quartet. It eventually leads to
a quotation from one of Mahler’s own Kindertotenlieder
(Songs for the Death of Children):
Be not afraid! The day is beautiful
And they have only made a journey up to yonder hills.
At the very end, Mahler’s Ninth Symphony fades away
into quiet and infinite consolation.
PERFORMED NOVEMBER 21–24
MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS conductor
1,2-3,4-5,6-7,8-9,10-11 14-15,16-17,18-19,20-21,22-23,24-25,26,28-29,30-31,32-33,...50