Critic’s Choice

Wed Dec 14, 2016 at 11:29 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Michael Tilson Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is wrapping 2016 with a Russian-French program led by Michael Tilson Thomas, one of the most popular and reliable of CSO podium guests.

The Terpsichorean lineup will lead off with Stravinsky’s infrequently heard Scenes de’ ballet, followed by Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 with the gifted French musician Gautier Capuçon as soloist.

The entire second half will be devoted to music from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet, in MTT’s own suite of selections.

Performances are 8 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and  3 p.m. Sunday.; 312-294-3000.

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