Muti Conducts Schubert Mass in E-flat Major

Mar 22

8:00 PM

Weber, Raimi, Schubert

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The celebrated Chicago Symphony Chorus, marking its 60th anniversary in 2017/18, joins Riccardo Muti, the CSO and international soloists for a moving performance of Schubert's exquisite final Mass, written at the end of the young composer's life. “The performance of Schubert's Mass by Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will likely figure on best-of lists. Muti and his CSO forces put across the heaven-storming drama as much as the moments of consolation and spiritual introspection” (Chicago Classical Review).

Poetry in Grainger Ballroom starting at 7 p.m.
Poems While You Wait, a local collective of poets and their vintage typewriters, will provide patrons with a unique encounter with poetry. Order a personalized poem about a topic of your choice before the concert, then enjoy the performance and pick up your original piece of poetry after the concert. Learn more about Poems While You Wait here.

Available on March 22 only

Approximate concert duration: 110 minutes including intermission


Weber Overture to Oberon
Raimi Three Lisel Mueller Settings
[World Premiere, CSO Commission]
Schubert Mass in E-flat Major


Preconcert conversation with Daniel Schlosberg
30 minute run-time

Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m. Armour Stage
Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Until stumbling upon the work of Lisel Mueller, CSO viola Max Raimi wasn’t much interested in poetry. “My dad used to make us recite poems at the dinner table, Browning and Tennyson, stuff like that," he said. "I’d try to read a poem every week. I would never get it." Twenty years ago Mueller read about Mueller’s Pulitzer Prize in an article that included one of her short poems. “I got it immediately,” he said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Although mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong has sung with major opera companies and orchestras worldwide, she has yet to perform as a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. That will change when she sings the world-premiere performances of Max Raimi's Three Lisel Mueller Settings with the CSO under Muti. "I recently read a description of Lisel’s body of work that stated, 'Her work explores the difference between what we present publicly and our private, individual selves that people rarely see.' I think this perfectly describes what I have gotten from the texts that Max has chosen to set to music." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.

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.

Funding for Max Raimi’s Three Lisel Muller Settings comes from the Poetry Foundation.