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Venue: Chicago Symphony Center

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AddressChicago
IL IL 60604
United States
Google maps41° 52' 44.054" N 87° 37' 27.847" W
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Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Dame Mitsuko Uchida again brought out her outstanding musicality and special charisma in Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto.
****1
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Louis Lortie makes a Liszt pilgrimage in Chicago

Louis Lortie © Elias
A knowledgeable and subtle devotee of Franz Liszt, bring the first two cycles of the Années de pèlerinage to Chicago.
****1
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Alain Altinoglu and the Chicago Symphony find beauty in rarely trodden territory

Alain Altinoglu © Marco Borggreve
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Chicago Symphony Chorus made this evening truly distinctive.
****1
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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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Mälkki serves a smorgasbord with the Chicago Symphony

Susanna Mälkki © Simon Fowler
A new score by Melinda Wagner, concertante pieces for saxophone and orchestra with Branford Marsalis, and works of Bizet and Debussy comprised Susanna Mälkki’s CSO program, intriguing in its eclecticism.
***11
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Valčuha makes Chicago Symphony bow

Juraj Valčuha © Chicago Symphony
Juraj Valčuha’s CSO debut was an evening of diverse repertoire, from Haydn to Strauss (both Johann II and Richard) to Szymanowski, the latter featuring a memorable performance by Christian Tetzlaff.
***11
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Blistering Gershwin in Chicago

Inon Barnatan © Marco Borggreve
Jesús López-Cobos returned to the CSO with works of Turina and Dvořák flanking Gershwin’s Concerto in F with Inon Barnatan.
***11
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A probing Hammerklavier in Chicago

Murray Perahia © Felix Broede
Murray Perahia’s deeply rewarding recital featured Beethoven’s monolithic Hammerklavier piano sonata, prefaced by works of Bach and Schubert.
****1
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