On Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced its programming for the 2013/14 season. CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti has designed a bouquet of concerts which feature world-renowned artists performing well-known works and less-familiar gems.
The season's programming includes a celebration of Verdi's bicentennial; Schubert's symphonies and Mass No. 5 in A-flat Major; and the world premiere of a CSO-commissioned work by composer and cellist Giovanni Sollima featuring Sollima and Yo-Yo Ma as soloists in music for two cellos and orchestra.
Maestro Muti will also commemorate the events of September 11, 2001 with the CSO's first performance of Voices from the Silence by Muti's friend and colleague, Ennio Morricone.
Other highlights of the Orchestra’s 2013/14season include:
· Truth to Power, a three-week festival in May featuring music by Britten, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. "Speaking truth to power" is a phrase which comes from a 1955 Quaker treatise which outlined alternatives to violence and became a cornerstone of the pacifist movement. This philosophy fits the idealism of Britten, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich, whose mu off sic rallied optimism and hope in the turbulent years following World War II.
· A celebration of Britten’s centennial with performances of the War Requiem. Other works will include the Four Sea Interlude Passacaglia from Peter Grimes, the Suite on English Folk Tunes: A Time there was, and the Violin Concerto performed by Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma.
· Two weeks of programming by Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez will focus on his work as a composer, teacher and curator. Most of Boulez's programs feature large orchestral works by Debussy, Stravinsky, and Ravel interspersed with miniatures by Igor Stravinsky scored for small groups of instruments and voices. Young conductors, singers and instrumentalists from across the United States will be invited to observe and participate in rehearsals and performances during Boulez's two-week residency in February and March 2014.
· Riccardo Muti and the CSO have commissioned two new works to be given their world premieres by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the 2013/14 season. One of the world premieres will spotlight CSO Principal Flute Mathieu Dufour performing Guillaume Connesson’s CSO-commissioned Flute Concerto.
· Beyond the Score offers insights into three symphonies by Berlioz, Haydn and Ives as part of a season-long examination of the evolution of the symphonic form. Creative Director Gerard McBurney has created presentations which delve into the three masterworks through the seamless integration of historical narrative with live actors, visual illustrations and musical examples performed by the CSO. Each of the three programs is performed twice, on Fridays at the new time of 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.
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