The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is among 60 Illinois arts groups receiving 2015 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants, announced in early December, totaled $29.1 million and were awarded to 1,116 recipients nationwide.
The CSO received $80,000 to help fund its upcoming spring festival, Reveries and Passions, which will explore two centuries of French music. Curated and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the three-week festival (May 7-23) will feature the orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Chorus, and guest artists including bass-baritone Eric Owens, baritone Stephane Degout and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Among the works to be performed are semi-staged concert versions of the operas L’enfant et les sortilèges by Maurice Ravel and Pelléas et Mélisande by Claude Debussy, and Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalila-symphonie. Also scheduled are related activities such as lectures, a film screening and chamber-music concerts.
In addition, the Civic Orchestra, the CSO’s training ensemble, received $50,000 for general support.
To view the full list of recipients, organized by state, click here.
TOP: Detail from a cover illustration of a Deutsche Grammophon recording of Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges, by the Orchestre National de Paris, conducted by Lorin Maazel. The Ravel opera will be featured in Reveries and Passions, the CSO’s three-week spring festival.