Honeck to conduct CSO next week

Wed Feb 10, 2016 at 1:52 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Manfred Honeck conducted the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in music of Haydn, Strauss and Beethoven Thursday night. Photo: Felix Broede

Manfred Honeck. Photo: Felix Broede

If any good is coming out of Riccardo Muti’s canceling his February weeks after hip surgery, it’s that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has lined up some stellar replacement maestri.

As previously announced, Gennady Rozhdestvensky is staying over to lead this week’s concerts. (Though, unfortunately, the scheduled Ligeti Ramifications has now been replaced with Rakastava by Sibelius.)

Few CSO guest conductors have made as strong an impact in recent seasons as Manfred Honeck. The Austrian conductor will be back to lead the February 18-20 concerts cancelled by Muti, as well as an open rehearsal on the 18th.

The scheduled Respighi works (The Pines of Rome and Concerto gregoriano) will stay on the program but Alfredo Casella’s Symphony No. 3 will be replaced by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.

cso.org; 312-294-3000.

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