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Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Season - Tchaikovsky, Scriabin & More!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Announces 2014-2015 Season - Tchaikovsky, Scriabin & More!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Music Director Riccardo Muti and Deborah F. Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA), announce the programming for the CSO and Symphony Center Presents (SCP) 2014/15 season-the Orchestra's 124th season and Maestro Muti's fifth season as music director. Next season, Maestro Muti leads ten weeks of subscription concerts in four residencies with the Orchestra in Chicago, with appearances in September/October, January, February/March and June. In addition, he leads the Orchestra on a three- week tour of Europe in October and November, and in three performances at Carnegie Hall in January.

The wide range of programs conceived by Maestro Muti for the upcoming season highlights his rewarding relationship with the musicians of the CSO, at the same time supporting his commitment to bringing live music to the broadest possible audience as part of the CSO's Citizen Musician Initiative. He and the Orchestra continue to collaborate with some of today's most visionary artists to present dynamic programming that balances both well-known and less familiar repertoire.

Among Maestro Muti's programming for the 2014/15 season is a spotlight on two venerable Russian composers. By juxtaposing the symphonic works of Tchaikovsky and Scriabin, Maestro Muti explores the contrasts between these two composers who share a common heritage while owning distinctive styles. Maestro Muti has long been a passionate champion of Scriabin's music and is dedicated to performing not only his most famous works, but also scores that may be less recognizable to audiences.

A season-long focus on French composers traverses two centuries of Gallic culture from Berlioz to Boulez, whose 90th birthday is celebrated during this season. A three-week festival in May, entitled Reveries and Passions and led by Esa-Pekka Salonen, serves as a highlight, with a specific emphasis on 20th century French dramatic and operatic works.

The Austro-Germanic tradition, which lies at the heart of Western classical music, is represented throughout the 2014/15 season by masterworks of the core orchestral repertoire, including works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Bruckner and Mahler.

The season also features the world premieres of commissioned works by Mason Bates and Anna Clyne in the culmination of their five years as Mead Composers-in-Residence.

Other highlights of the Orchestra's 2014/15 season include:

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