CSO radio series extended through June 30

Mon May 18, 2020 at 3:22 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Some Fritz Reiner archive performances will be aired in the CSO’s WFMT radio series.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has extended its radio series on WFMT in the wake of having to cancel its final weeks of this season due to Covid-19.

Seven new programs have been added to the series, titled “From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice—For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times.” The program airs on WFMT 98-7 FM 8 p.m. Tuesday nights and will now run through June 30.

Five of the programs feature performances led by Riccardo Muti, beginning with the May 19 program, “Impressions of Italy” with works by Charpentier, Rota and Verdi.

There are some intriguing archive performances in the latest announced programs. The June 9 program features performances led by Fritz Reiner, including Kodály’s Dances of Galánta, Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony, the world premiere of the suite from Copland’s opera The Tender Land, and Hindemith’s Cello Concerto featuring János Starker (at that time the orchestra’s principal cellist).

Also a French program slated for June 16 will spotlight CSO performances led by Reiner, Jean Martinon, Sir Georg Solti, Erich Leinsdorf, and Rafael Kubelik. For more information and program details, go to cso.org/cso-from-home/latest/

Also on May 22—the date of the premiere of Verdi’s Requiem in 1874—the CSO will offer an encore of the 2013 streaming performance of the work by Muti and the CSO. The performance takes place 7:30 p.m on cso.org and on the CSO’s Facebook page.

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