Critic’s Choice

Wed Mar 04, 2015 at 7:56 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Gyorgy Ligeti

In the final week of his current Chicago Symphony Orchestra residency, Riccardo Muti offers a notably well balanced program. The CSO’s music director leads off with a rare venture into late 20th-century music, György Ligeti’s Lontano. Another installment in Muti’s Tchaikovsky cycle will be heard with the best of his early symphonies, No. 2, the “Little Russian.” The centerpiece will be Beethoven’s “Triple” concerto with pianist Jonathan Biss joining associate concertmaster Stephanie Jeong, and assistant principal cellist Kenneth Olsen.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday.; 312-294-3000.


The Harris Theater’s “Beyond the Aria” series was launched last fall with an inspired program. The concerts, which present a trio of Lyric Opera artists, offer recitals in an intimate, cabaret-like setting on the stage of the enclosed Pritzker Pavilion.

The final program in the series will take place 7:30 p.m. Tuesday with soprano Amber Wagner (Elisabeth in Lyric’s Tannhauser), tenor Brandon Jovanovich (Walter in The Passenger), and Ryan Center member, baritone Will Liverman.

Tickets are $35 for seating in the choral risers.

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