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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti, returned to New York City for two concerts Nov. 15-16 at Carnegie Hall. The first program, featuring mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato in Berlioz’s The Death of Cleopatra, was sold out and received raves from critics.

Reviewing for the Chicago Sun-Times, Nancy Malitz wrote: “The CSO made an outstanding impression with a pair of weekend programs, which had been previously heard in Chicago. The first was the electrifying showpiece for the multi-Grammy Award winner Joyce DiDonato, a leading star among stars of the opera stage, who had been invited by Carnegie Hall to put together a season of specialties under a banner called ‘Perspectives.’ The diva chose to launch her ‘Perspectives’ project with the Chicagoans in a reprise of Berlioz’s spine-chilling take on Cleopatra’s death by snake bite. … Berlioz’s work is nothing less than Shakespearean in ambition, and the utter stillness in Carnegie Hall put one in mind of what happens toward the end of a really great performance of Romeo and Juliet.”

Along with the concerts, CSO musicians performed outreach recitals at Bellevue Hospital and elsewhere.

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TOP: CSO oboe Lora Schaefer and cello Karen Basrak pose with a poster on the facade of Carnegie Hall. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography