Symphony Center has star power for new season
From Chicago Sun-Times - March 10, 2006
Next season at Symphony Center will be rich in visiting orchestras, continuing Mozart and Shostakovich birthday celebrations and variations on Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road project. Echoing a set of non-subscription concerts in June that will mark the end of Daniel Barenboim's tenure as Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director, the CSO will close the 2006-07 Symphony Center Presents season with three special concerts in June 2007.
The season includes more than 30 offerings, among them two all-Mozart concerts. Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the distinguished New York-based ensemble that performs without a conductor, makes a rare Chicago visit Oct. 11 in a Mozart program featuring pianist Emanuel Ax. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and pianist Lambert Orkis perform Mozart violin sonatas Nov. 12.
Symphony Center's orchestral series opens Nov. 6 with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor Mariss Jansons performing Shostakovich and Sibelius. The orchestra is recording the complete Shostakovich symphonies for EMI and last month won a Grammy for their recording of the Symphony No. 13.
Riccardo Chailly, newly appointed music director of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, brings the venerable ensemble to Symphony Center Feb. 23. The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France appears with music director Myung Whun Chung March 21. The series closes with the Philadelphia Orchestra and music director Christoph Eschenbach May. 16, 2007.
In addition to Orpheus and Anne-Sophie Mutter, the season's chamber music series includes trios with pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinist Gil Shaham and cellist Truls Mork Oct. 25. Lang Lang will jam with CSO members in an afternoon of chamber music Jan. 13. The series continues Feb. 14 with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and duo-guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad. Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble will be in residence for a week in April.
The 10-concert Piano Series opens with Imogen Cooper Oct. 22 and continues with Fazil Say, Andre Watts, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ax, Alfred Brendel, Lars Vogt, Evgeny Kissin and Maurizio Pollini. Pierre-Laurent Aimard closes the series May 13 with a program including percussion and duo-piano repertoire.
The CSO's two new composers-in-residence, Osvaldo Golijov and Mark-Anthony Turnage, will oversee the CSO's MusicNOW contemporary chamber series. The four-concert lineup includes Turnage's "No Let Up'' Jan. 29 and Golijov's "Ayre'' with soprano Dawn Upshaw June 4.
The CSO's opening-night gala featuring Ma, soprano Cyndia Sieden and conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is scheduled Sept. 30. Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will be the star of a CSO musicians pension fund benefit concert June 9. The CSO presents the Verdi Requiem June 15 with conductor David Zinman. Herbert Blomstedt will be on the podium June 21 for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.