After making his highly anticipated debut last season with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conductor Emmanuel Krivine returns in March for his sophomore engagement. Though his podium experience dates to the ’60s, the French-born maestro has long centered his work in Europe.

For his concerts March 8-11, Krivine will lead the CSO in the prelude to Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (with soloist Leonidas Kavakos), Berlioz’s Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens and Debussy’s La mer. Krivine, who became the music director of the Orchestre National de France this season, replaces the previously announced guest conductor Charles Dutoit.

Of his CSO debut, Krivine said in an earlier Sounds & Stories interview, “It is an orchestra that I have known for a long time through its recordings and concerts. I even attended the last concert of [Georg] Solti with my wife. We had just one handkerchief between the two of us, and it was not nearly enough, considering the tears we shed. I also have great admiration for Maestro [Riccardo] Muti, who has given some of his time to the ONF [Orchestre National de France], which we enjoyed considerably.”

Though his career has been concentrated in Europe, Krivine enjoys his experience abroad. “I really like working in the United States because the orchestras have an open and available disposition, abundant energy and legendary concentration that helps avoid fatigue. … I will say that it is understood in the United States that there is no difference between chamber and symphonic music: it sounds just as good with 100 musicians as with five.”

TOP: Emmanuel Krivine leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in his podium debut in November 2016. | @Todd Rosenberg Photography