More touring and “Otello” recording on tap for Muti, CSO

Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The CSO will release a recording this fall of Riccardo Muti’s 2011 performance of Verdi’s “Otello.” Photo: Todd Rosenberg

At a Wednesday press conference, Riccardo Muti announced more far-flung touring for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as the next release on the orchestra’s Resound label.

In January of 2014, Muti and the CSO will embark on a unique six-date tour. The concerts will include four concerts in the Canary Islands—a pair each in Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife— as well as single dates in Essen, Germany and Luxembourg. Repertoire will include music of Verdi, Struass, Prokofiev, Berlioz and Beethoven.

A live recording of Verdi’s Otello, taped at Muti’s CSO concerts in April of 2011, will be released this fall on the orchestra’s Resound label. Otello will be available for digital download beginning September 3 and at retail outlets on September 24.

It was also announced Wednesday that the tenures of the CSO’s two composers-in-residence, Anna Clyne and Mason Bates, would be extended an additional year through the 2014-15 season. Both composers will each write two new works to be premiered over the next two seasons, one for the MusicNOW series and one with the CSO.

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