CSO announces European tour details; Kulenovic reups in Lake Forest

Thu May 12, 2016 at 11:27 am

By Aaron Keebaugh

Ricardo Muti will lead the CSO on an 11-concert European tour in January.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will return to Europe in January 2017 to mark the ensemble’s 33rd tour of the continent and the 60th international tour in its history. Music director Riccardo Muti, in his sixth European trip with the orchestra, will lead eleven concerts in seven cities from January 13-27.

The CSO will perform for the first time in the new Philharmonie de Paris on January 13, when Muti will conduct Hindemith’s Concert Music for String Orchestra and Brass, Elgar’s In the South, and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Pictures from an Exhibition. Concerts on January 14 and 15 will feature the CSO as part of the grand opening week at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany. There, Muti will lead the Hindemith-Elgar-Mussorgsky program and Dvořák’s Husitská Overture, Strauss’ Don Juan, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

Both programs will be played at the Musikkens Hus in Aalborg, Denmark, the CSO’s debut in that venue, on January 15 and 16; the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Italy January 20 and 21; and the Musikverein Vienna on January 23 and 24. A concert at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden on January 25 will include the Hindemith-Elgar-Mussorgsky program, and Muti and CSO will conclude the tour on January 27 at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt with the Dvorak-Strauss-Tchaikovsky set.


Vladimir Kulenovic’s contract with the Lake Forest Symphony as music director has been renewed for four more years, the orchestra announced Wednesday.

The conductor’s duties will include leading five pairs of subscription concerts each season and performing community and educational outreach initiatives in Lake Forest and around Lake County.

Kulenovic, who was appointed to the Lake Forest Symphony in 2014, has been conductor of the Utah Symphony and Utah Opera and a podium guest with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Symphony,  and Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as orchestras in Europe. Kulenovic also received the prestigious Conducting Fellowship from the Sir Georg Solti Foundation U.S.

“I look forward to continuing my work with this fine orchestra and serving the entire region of Lake County with continued expansion of community outreach and education efforts,” said Kulenovic.

Kulenovic will lead the Lake Forest Symphony in music by Shostakovich, Bizet, and Jim Stephenson, featuring trumpeter Rex Richardson 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts. Lakeforestsymphony.org


WFMT will rebroadcast performances of the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s 2015-2016 season from May 14 through July 9. Broadcasts can be heard on Saturdays at noon (CDT) on the local station, 98.7 WFMT, and on WFMT.com.

The schedule is Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (May 14); López’s Bel Canto (May 21); Rossini’s La Cenerentola (May 28); Berg’s Wozzeck (June 4); Lehár’s The Merry Widow (June 11); Verdi’s Nabucco (June 18); Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier (June 25); and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet (July 2). The series will conclude July 9 with a rebroadcasts of Dvorák’s Rusalka from 2014.

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