CSO to open season with free concert at South Side church

Mon Jul 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will open its season Sept. 22 with a free concert led by music director Riccardo Muti at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s south side.

The CSO has had a long-standing relationship with the church through its community efforts, said CSO president Deborah Rutter. “Integral to Riccardo Muti’s continued vision for the CSO is his dedication to helping redefine an orchestra’s place in its city through community engagement,” said Rutter in a statement released by the CSO. “Our relationship with Apostolic Church, which began more than 10 years ago, is a perfect example of the synergy of our commitment to community, which both of our organizations so strongly believe in and support.”

The program will include Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Ibert’s Flute Concerto with Mathieu Dufour as soloist. The concert takes place 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester. The program will be repeated  at Orchestra Hall Sept 23 and 27. cso.org; 312-294-3000.

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