Critic’s Choice

Wed May 27, 2015 at 11:11 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Anna Clyne's "The Seamstress" will be given its world premiere by the CSO Thursday night.
Anna Clyne’s “The Seamstress” will be given its world premiere by the CSO Thursday night. Photo: Javier Oddo

The waning weeks of the current music season are marking the final local appearances of Anne Clyne and Mason Bates, at least in their out-going roles as Chicago Symphony Orchestra composers in residence.

Each will have a new work debuted by the CSO as their final commissions. Clyne is up first this week with the world premiere of The Seamstress, a violin concerto written for Jennifer Koh. Conductor Ludovic Morlot will also lead the orchestra in Berlioz’s Les francs-juges Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.; 312-294-3000.


David Danzmayr will conduct the final concert of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra’s season Saturday night in Frankfort. The typically eclectic program will lead off with John Cage’s infamous 4:33 and close with Mahler’s epic Symphony No. 5. The centerpiece will feature Cynthia Yeh, principal percussionist of the CSO, as soloist in Anders Koppel’s Marimba Concerto No. 1. Concert time is 8 p.m. at the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center in Frankfort.

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