Muti Conducts Rossini Stabat Mater

Jun 24

3:00 PM

Mozart, Cherubini, Rossini

Sunday, June 24, 2018

“Rossini's Stabat mater is a longstanding specialty of Mr. Muti's. It moves in several directions at once: the arias are as operatic as can be, yet the two unaccompanied choruses are sublimely devotional. The music is unquestionably dramatic: not the extroverted drama of a costumed operatic pageant, but of a prayerful supplicant's interior passion” (The New York Times). Riccardo Muti leads the CSO, Chicago Symphony Chorus and internationally celebrated singers in Rossini's dramatic and thrilling Stabat mater. Lovers of opera and choral works alike will not want to miss this remarkable program that also features Mozart's Kyrie in D Minor and the haunting Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn by Cherubini, whom Beethoven considered the greatest of his contemporaries.

Approximate concert duration: 130 minutes including intermission


Mozart Kyrie in D Minor
Cherubini Chant sur la mort de Joseph Haydn
Rossini Stabat mater


Preconcert conversation with Stephen Alltop
30 minute run-time

Thursday, June 21, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Friday, June 22, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, June 23, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Gioachino Rossini wrote 39 operas, all before the age of 37. Perhaps his famous is The Barber of Seville — whose subtitle ("The Useless Precaution") inspires this post. After penning Guillaume Tell, his last and most epic operatic work, Rossini largely retired but lived on for another four decades. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Last fall, Russian tenor Dmitry Korchak made news with his acclaimed Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice. He also has returned to conducting, which he calls his “initial specialization.” In 2017-18, he became principal guest conductor at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre in Siberia, where he has his own summer festival, and guest conductor at the Mikhailovsky Theatre of St. Petersburg. For his CSO debut, he appears in Rossini's Stabat mater, lauding it as "a magnificent work, full of drama — very unexpected for Rossini’s music in general." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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These performances receive generous support from the Nelson D. Cornelius Endowed Concert Fund.

These concerts are made possible with the generous sponsorship of Josef and Margot Lakonishok.

Support for the 60th Anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Chorus is provided by the Walter E. Heller Foundation in honor of Alyce DeCosta.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus is made possible by a generous gift from Jim and Kay Mabie.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is grateful to Pamela Kelley Hull & Roger B. Hull for their generous support of Thursday’s concert.