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Performer: Duain Wolfe

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ChicagoHolst the Planets

Lee III, Barber, Holst
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Juanjo Mena; Sally Matthews; Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe

WheatonCSO at Wheaton: Holst the Planets

Lee III, Barber, Holst
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Juanjo Mena; Sally Matthews; Women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus; Duain Wolfe

ChicagoMuti conducts Cavalleria Rusticana

Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana
Riccardo Muti; Anita Rachvelishvili; Piero Pretti; Luca Salsi; Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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Muti in his element in Italian opera excerpts

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra © Todd Rosenberg
For the final week of the CSO season, Muti led a stirring program of operatic excerpts by Verdi, Puccini and Mascagni, along with a rarity by Boito.
****1
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Sublime Easter: Chicago Symphony and Dutoit

Charles Dutoit © Todd Rosenberg | Chicago Symphony Orchestra
A religious-themed program made for a particularly moving Easter weekend concert from Dutoit and the CSO, highlighted by the serenity of Fauré’s Requiem.
****1
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Explosive drama in Ivan the Terrible

Gérard Depardieu © Todd Rosenberg Photography
The CSO’s season-long celebration of Prokofiev’s 125th birthday had its watershed moment with the composer’s monumental score to Ivan the Terrible.
*****
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Kraemer’s ebullient all-Handel in Chicago

Nicholas Kraemer conducts the Chicago Symphony © Todd Rosenberg Photography
Nicholas Kraemer led the Chicago Symphony in a spirited program of Handel that included some rarely heard vocal works with the chorus and soprano Amanda Forsythe.
***11
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A profound meditation on the end of life

Jaap van Zweden and Christiane Karg with the CSO © Alex Garcia
Jaap van Zweden returned to the CSO with a probing account of Brahms’ German Requiem, along with shorter but no less moving works of Mozart and Wagner.
****1
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