Riccardo Muti will return to Chicago this September to launch the 2021-22 CSO season, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced today. Muti’s three-week residency marks his first stint conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Center since February 2020. The statement represents the first details about the upcoming season released to the public.
The season opens on September 23 with music by the Chevalier de Saint-Georges (the orchestra’s first performances of the overture to L’Amant anonyme, or The Anonymous Lover), Florence Price (the orchestra’s first performances of her Andante moderato), and Beethoven, in a performance of his Eroica Symphony No. 3.
Subsequent highlights will include music by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Missy Mazzoli, who wraps up her term as CSO Mead Composer-in-Residence this summer. This opening run of programs also features a guest appearance by violinist Leonidas Kavakos.
“As it has for many years, the spiritual food of culture will bring us together,” Muti reflected in the release, “but this time with a special poignancy after being so long apart.”
The CSO also teased other Muti-led highlights for the season, including world premiere CSO commissions by Mazzoli and incoming composer-in-residence Jessie Montgomery, CSO premieres of symphonies by Florence Price and Philip Glass, and performances of three Beethoven symphonies all occurring in winter and spring of 2022. Also previewed were a concert performance of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and a free concert in Millennium Park, both projected for June 2022.
The entire slate of CSO programming will be announced on July 13, which is also when ticket packages will go on sale. Visit cso.org for more information.