Music director Riccardo Muti and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association president Jeff Alexander have announced the 2017-2018 season of the CSO and Symphony Center Presents.
Muti will conduct ten weeks of subscription programs at Symphony Center and lead the orchestra on two U.S. tours, to the West Coast in October and to the East Coast in February 2018. He’ll honor the sixtieth anniversary of the CSO Chorus with performances of a Schubert Mass and Rossini’s Stabat Mater. The season will also feature music by Leonard Bernstein, whose centenary is celebrated in 2018, and world premieres by Jennifer Higdon, CSO viola player Max Raimi, and composer-in-residence Elizabeth Ogonek.
Guest conductors will include Jaap van Zweden, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Charles Dutoit, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Kent Nagano, Manfred Honeck, and John Williams. Among the guest soloists with the CSO will be violinists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gil Shaham, and Arabella Steinbacher; pianists Daniil Trifonov, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Mitsuko Uchida, and Kirill Gerstein; and cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Composers-in-residence Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek continue to curate the orchestra’s MusicNOW series, celebrating its twentieth anniversary in 2017-2018. There’ll be four MusicNOW performances at the Harris Theater.
Symphony Center’s jazz presentations will be announced in April. For more details, visit CSO’s website.