Critic’s Choice

Wed Feb 03, 2016 at 11:23 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

From his Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut in 1974, Gennady Rozhdestvensky was a regular presence in Chicago conducting the CSO throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

It’s been 15 years since Rozhdestvensky last mounted the podium at Orchestra Hall, and the Russian conductor will return this weekend for just two performances 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Rozhdestvensky worked closely with Dmitri Shostakovich and recorded all of his compatriot’s symphonies. In this week’s program, Rozhdestvensky directs the CSO in Shostakovich’s first and final symphonies (Nos. 1 and 15).; 312-294-3000

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