As Covid wanes, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra can at last announce big plans for the second half of the 2021-22 season in progress. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)
Report: Music director Riccardo Muti also leads premieres by CSO resident composers; Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts two programs.
By Lawrence B. Johnson
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s audience is likely to find the deferred announcement of the CSO’s winter-spring portion of the 2021-22 season has been worth the wait. The newly revealed line-up is replete with favorite artists and major events — foremost, no doubt, music director Riccardo Muti leading four performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and, at season’s end, Verdi’s full-length opera “Un ballo in maschera.”
Riccardo Muti will conduct the Covid-delayed world premiere of “Orpheus Undone,” by former CSO composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli, on March 31, 2022. (Todd Rosenberg)
Muti also will conduct world premieres of CSO-commissioned works by former and current CSO
composers-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and Jessie Montgomery, as well as and the CSO’s first performances of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 11 in honor of the composer’s 85th birthday and Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3. As an epilogue to the regular season, Muti and the orchestra will present a free concert at Millennium Park. Read the full story »