So earlier this week, the CSO just announced the programming for their upcoming 2016-2017 season! AND I AM SO EXCITED. (I also just got two student tickets for Maestro Muti’s upcoming residency in Chicago next month of February.)
First of all, pianists Radu Lupu AND Murray Perahia are both coming back to Chicago!! I’ve admired these two for a long time – ever since my sister and I played Schubert’s Fantasie in F minor for four hands. We listened to Lupu and Perahia’s recording so many times and without a doubt, their performance was the inspiration for ours (even though we weren’t nowhere as good as they were). I’ve gotten to see Perahia perform live in Chicago twice already, and the last time he was here, I got to meet him! They won’t be performing together unfortunately, but at least I finally have the opportunity to see Lupu perform live – and the best thing is that Lupu will be performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 under Muti’s baton! Three of my favorite musicians: Radu Lupu, Riccardo Muti, and Murray Perahia, all in Chicago for the new season…life is good.
Other notable events/names of the season include: James Levine coming back to Chicago, pretty much anything with Maestro Muti (see below), Esa-Pekka Salonen’s world premiere of his Cello Concerto performed by Yo-Yo Ma, Salonen’s residency including a celebration of American composer John Adams’ 70th birthday, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Joyce DiDonato, Jaap van Zweden (recently named the new music director of the New York Philharmonic), Bernard Haitink, Charles Dutoit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Manfred Honeck, Christoph von Dohnányi, Maurizio Pollini, and so much more that you can find online on CSO’s calendar!
Back to what Maestro Muti will be up to for the upcoming season. Some of the many highlights include him doing a Brahms Symphony Cycle, coming to Wheaton College with Mitsuko Uchida (which is near Naperville, so it’ll be incredibly easy for my family and friends to go to – awesome for us who live out in the suburbs and can’t always make it to the city for CSO/Muti performances), three of the Beethoven Piano Concertos (w/ Bronfman, Uchida, and Lupu), Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible featuring Gerard Depardieu, a free South Side community concert near the UChicago campus and, most excitingly, a night dedicated to Italian opera! This might be the only opportunity ever where I get to hear Muti conduct some of Nabucco (Sinfonia, Gli Arredi Festivi, Va Pensiero) live in concert (all I have are recordings and YouTube videos unfortunately). Time to mark my calendar!
(Photo from Chicago Symphony Orchestra)