For an ongoing series of CSO-related features, Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Bernard Rands reunited on the Oct. 27 broadcast of WDCB-FM’s “The Arts Section.” Veteran journalist and Newcity Chicago music critic Dennis Polkow conducted the interview.
Muti and Rands discussed Rands’ DREAM for Orchestra, a CSO commission in honor of Rands’ 85th birthday; it will receive its world premiere in CSO concerts Nov. 1-2 and 5 at Symphony Center. The program also features Liszt’s Mazeppa, Symphonic Poem No. 6 and the Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Leonidas Kavakos.
Rands and Muti have enjoyed a 30-year collaboration that began when Muti hired Rands as composer-in-residence of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1989. Rands and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have also enjoyed a long relationship, including two previous commissions: Apokryphos (2002) and Danza Petrificada (2010), which also was performed on the CSO’s 2011 European tour.
To hear the complete interview, click on the SoundCloud link below.
TOP: Dennis Polkow (from left), Bernard Rands and Riccardo Muti in the studio.