CSO tips its hand on plans

2010- 11 Draws on projects from Muti’s ex­ile in Aus­tria

Chicago Sun-Times - - Showcase - BY AN­DREW PATNER

The Chicago Sym­phony Or­ches­tra wasn’t sched­uled to re­veal its 2010-2011 sea­son — the first un­der its new mu­sic di­rec­tor, Ric­cardo Muti — un­til late Fe­bru­ary. But Carnegie Hall’s an­nounce­ment Wed­nes­day in New York of its new sea­son forced the CSO’s hand; so the CSO re­leased in­for­ma­tion on se­lect Muti pro­grams as well.

Rem­i­nis­cent of some of the block­buster pro­gram­ming of the CSO’s Solti years, the pro­grams also draw on projects Muti pre­sented dur­ing his “ex­ile” in Salzburg, Aus­tria, af­ter his con­tro­ver­sial ouster from Mi­lan’s La Scala in 2005.

Muti will launch his sub­scrip­tion week con­certs with four per­for­mances Sept. 2328 by the CSO and Chicago Sym­phony Cho­rus of a Ber­lioz dou­ble bill: “Sym­phonie fan­tas­tique” and its lesser-played se­quel, “Le­lio.” As he did at the 2007 Salzburg Fes­ti­val, the French film ac­tor Ger­ard Depar­dieu will nar­rate “Le­lio.” Greek tenor Mario Zef­firi, a stand­out in Muti’s Verdi Re­quiem last year, will be a soloist.

In the spring, Muti will lead the CSO and the CSO Cho­rus in three con­cert per­for­mances April 7-12, 2011, of Verdi’s “Otello.” Lat­vian tenor Alek­san­drs An­to­nenko, Muti’s lead in his 2008 Salzburg fest pro­duc­tion, will sing the ti­tle role. Bul­gar­ian so­prano Kras­simira Stoy­anova, a reg­u­lar at the Metropoli­tan Opera, is Desde- mona, and Si­cil­ian bass-bari­tone Ni­cola Alaimo is Iago.

Muti will take the Ber­lioz pro­gram and “Otello” to Carnegie Hall for three con­certs April 15-17, 2011, in­clud­ing a pro­gram of Shostakovi­ch’s Sym­phony No. 5, Varese’s “Ar­cana” and “Rewind,” a work by Anna Clyne, one of the CSO’s new Mead Com­posers-in-Res­i­dence.

The CSO also an­nounced its newly dubbed “Sym­phony Ball” gala is set for Oct. 2, with a con­cert in­clud­ing Anne-So­phie Mut­ter in the Beethoven Vi­o­lin Con­certo, and two Muti sta­ples: Rossini's over­ture to “William Tell” and Liszt’s “Les Pre­ludes.” Muti’s first month­long CSO res­i­dency also will fea­ture par­tic­i­pa­tion in the city­wide “Mex­ico 2010” fes­ti­val, mark­ing the bi­cen­ten­nial of the Mex­i­can War of In­de­pen­dence and the cen­ten­nial of the Mex­i­can Revo­lu­tion.

Ric­cardo Muti

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