For their first tour of the 2019-20 season, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra travel to New York for two concerts at the city’s famed Carnegie Hall. The first concert on Nov. 15 will be broadcast live via Chicago-based WFMT-FM (98.7), beginning at 7 p.m. CST. The Chicago station will pick up the live feed from New York’s WQXR-FM, which also will stream the concert online at wqxr.org.
The Nov. 15 program showcases three musical works with connections to Rome: Bizet’s Roma, followed by Berlioz’s The Death of Cleopatra, a work for mezzo-soprano soloist and orchestra that depicts the final moments of the doomed Egyptian queen, sung in these performances by American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. Respighi’s Pines of Rome, one of three symphonic poems written by the Italian composer about the Eternal City, completes the program. At intermission, listeners will hear specially recorded interviews with Maestro Muti and DiDonato about the program.
Highly praised for her Rossini, Mozart, and Handel roles, DiDonato performs regularly with the world’s leading opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, and Teatro Real Madrid. In addition to her successes on the operatic stage, DiDonato is in high demand on the concert and recital circuit, completing residencies at Carnegie Hall, as well as making two previous concert appearances with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
The second program on Nov. 16, which will not be broadcast or streamed, features Muti and the CSO and in all-Prokofiev program: a Suite from Romeo and Juliet and Symphony No. 3. Muti and the CSO will launch their 2020 European Tour with this all-Prokofiev program Jan. 9 at the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne, Germany
The CSO’s New York residency will be complemented by community engagement and education activities organized by the CSO’s Negaunee Music Institute. The activities include November 15 master classes Nov. 15 in the Resnick Education Wing at Carnegie Hall with Acting Principal Viola Li-Kuo Chang and Assistant Principal Cello Kenneth Olsen, and a performance for patients at Bellevue Hospital by a CSO chamber ensemble (Cornelius Chiu and So Young Bae, violins; Youming Chen, viola; Dan Katz, cello and Dan Armstrong, bass).
TOP: Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in 2018. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography