Critic’s Choice

Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 1:26 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Eugene Izotov

Riccardo Muti returns Thursday night to lead the final three weeks of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra season. His first program will offer a chance to hear Muti conduct some less frequently heard repertory. Haydn’s Symphony No. 48 (Maria Theresa) will lead off a program that includes Scriabin’s The Divine Poem (Symphony No. 3) and the Oboe Concerto of Bohuslav Martinů with CSO principal Eugene Izotov as soloist.

Concerts are 8 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.; 312-294-3000.


The North Shore Chamber Music Festival opens its third season tonight with a typical mix of the familiar and offbeat. The husband-and-wife duo of violinist Vadim Gluzman and pianist Angela Yoffe will be joined by several stellar guest artists Wednesday for a generous program featuring Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Glinka’s Grand Sextet, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and a sextet arrangement of Prokofiev’s Toccata.

Friday’s program offers Schubert’s Trout Quintet, Weber’s Clarinet Quintet and Arvo Part’s Mozart-Adagio. Pianist and conductor Andrew Litton will join the festival for the closing concert Saturday in a genre-crossing program of Brahms’ Piano Quartet in G minor, Michael Daugherty’s Diamond in the Rough and a selection of piano music by Oscar Peterson.

All performances take place 7:30 p.m. at the Village Presbyterian Church in Northbrook, 1300 Shermer Road.; 847-370-3984.

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