Critic’s Choice

Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 11:43 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Giuseppe Verdi: October 10-1813-January 27, 1901.
Giuseppe Verdi: Born October 10, 1813, died January 27, 1901.

Today is the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth and, if you’ve been living in a parallel universe, you may not know that Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are marking the event tonight with a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. The concert has long been sold out but will be streamed live on the internet. To access the live stream, go to


Chicago Chamber Musicians joins the Britten centennial-year festivities with a well-chosen program exploring Britten and his influences, including works of Dowland, Butterworth and Poulenc. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music.

And Jean-Guihen Queyras offers a rare program of works for solo cello in the University of Chicago Presents series. The program includes Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Britten’s Cello Suite No. 1 and Kodaly’s Sonata in B Minor. Concert time is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Logan Center.

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