Jurowski bows out of CSO dates; North Shore Chamber Fest announces programs

Wed May 07, 2014 at 4:26 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Edo de Waart will replace Vladimir Jurowski at next weeks CSO concerts.

Edo de Waart will replace Vladimir Jurowski at next week’s CSO concerts.

* Vladimir Jurowski has pulled out of next week’s Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts on the advice of his doctors who advised the Russian conductor to rest and not fly for two weeks.

Edo de Waart will take over podium duties for the May 14-17 all-Richard Strauss program, which will remain unchanged. The lineup features Strauss’s Serenade in E flat, Metamorphosen, Oboe Concerto and Four Last Songs with soloists Eugene Izotov and Dorothea Röschmann, respectively. cso.org; 312-294-3000.

* Two new violists will join the CSO roster on May 19.

Wei-Ting Kuo comes from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, where he has been assistant principal viola since 2011. The Taiwan native is a graduate of National Taiwan Normal University and the Mannes College of Music.

Danny Lai comes to the CSO from the Colorado Symphony. He attended Northwestern University and is a former member of the Civic Orchestra—the 17th current member of the CSO to log time as a Civic musician.

* The North Shore Chamber Music Festival will present an even more wide-ranging array of repertory in its fourth season.

The festival will open June 4 with Vadim Gluzman and Anne Akiko Meyers performing Bach’s “Double” Violin Concerto and Arvo Pärt’s Passacaglia. Violist Paul Neubauer will join his colleagues for Max Bruch’s melodic yet rarely heard String Quintet.

“Mozart in Hollywood” is the fanciful theme for the June 6 program. Mozart’s Violin Sonata in F major and “Kegelstatt” Trio will be followed by the Johann Strauss/Schoenberg arrangement of the Roses from the South waltz and Eric Wolfgang Korngold’s Piano Quintet with pianist/conductor Andrew Litton.

The festival’s final program June 7 will offer an evening of “Virtuoso Fireworks”: Webern’s Langsamer Satz, Mendelssohn’s Piano Sextet, and a new arrangement of Khachaturian’s Waltz from Masquerade, transcribed by Lev Zhurbin.

All performances take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook. For full details and information, call 847-370-3984 or log on to nscmf.org.

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