Muti, Chen & Mozart Gran Partita
May 18 - May 23, 2023


In his Gran Partita for 13 instruments, Mozart achieves a sublime combination of grandeur, complexity and sunny charm. CSO Concertmaster Robert Chen presents the composer’s stately and rustic Violin Concerto No. 4, a product of his Salzburg years. Riccardo Muti opens the concert with Cimarosa’s overture, which echoes Mozart’s comic vein and abounds in freshness and invention.

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Overture to Il matrimonio segreto


Violin Concerto No. 4


Serenade No. 10 (Gran Partita)

Music Director Emeritus for Life
The Louis C. Sudler Chair, endowed by an anonymous benefactor


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Explore the music in the free preconcert conversation featuring Daniel Schlosberg in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.

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