Salonen, Blomstedt and Glover among guest conductors in CSO’s 2022 lineup

Tue Oct 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct two weeks of Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts in 2022. Photo: Andrew Eccles

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced the rest of its 2021-22 season Tuesday, fleshing out next year’s events from February through June.

Riccardo Muti conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 February 24-27, 2022, one of the programs that will almost complete the music director’s unfinished Beethoven cycle from the 2019-20 season (only the Eighth Symphony remains). Soloists are Lisette Oropesa, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Daniel Johansson, and Tareq Nazmi. Muti will conduct Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 11 as previously announced, on February 17-19 on a program that will also feature Mitsuko Uchida in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and the Overture to The Ruins of Athens. 

Muti returns March 31-April 5 to lead the belated world premiere of Missy Mazzoli’s Orpheus Undone, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with Elīna Garanča as soloist and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 2.

From April 7-12 Muti leads the orchestra in Strauss’s Symphonic Interlude from Intermezzo, Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 and Britten’s Piano Concerto with Leif Ove Andsnes. On April 28-29 Muti conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, the premiere of a work from composer in residence Jessie Montgomery, and Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 with principal Alexander Hanna. 

May 5-7 brings Muti and the CSO in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, Florence Price’s Third Symphony and William Grant Still’s Mother and Child.

For his final two weeks in June, Muti leads Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Anne Sophie Mutter June 16-18 and the previously announced concert performances of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) June 23-28. The cast includes Francesco Meli, Joyce El-Khoury, Luca Salsi, Yulia Matochkina, and Damiana Mizzi.

Esa-Pekka Salonen will return for two weeks in late spring. The popular Finnish conductor’s program May 26-31 includes Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte, Ravel’s Mother Goose. Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements and Bryce Dessner’s Violin Concerto with soloist Pekka Kuusisto. From June 2-4, Salonen directs a program of Rameau’s Suite from Castor and Pollux, Salonen’s Gemini, and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe.

Marin Alsop teams with pianist Lukáš Vondráček in a program offering Barber’s Symphony No. 1, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Elgar’s Enigma Variations February 10 and 12. Paavo Järvi returns March 3-8 with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor in music of Berlioz and Chopin. 

Herbert Blomstedt conducts Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 (soloist Martin Helmchen) and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 March 10-12. Jaap van Zweden returns to lead Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 April 21-24. 

Among the CSO podium debuts, Jane Glover makes her CSO bow March 17-19 in music of Mozart and Haydn with principal oboe William Welter and organist Paul Jacobs as soloists. Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä directs a program April 14-15 of Hillborg, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. And Karina Canellakis leads Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben and Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Kirill Gerstein.

Julian Rachlin does triple duty as conductor, violinist and violist May 13-14 in a Mozart-Beethoven program. James Gaffigan returns for a populist program of showpieces June 10 and 11. And the somnolent Edo de Waart leads an all-Tchaikovsky program with cellist Alisa Weilerstein March 24 and 26.

Symphony Center’s non-CSO events present a strong lineup of keyboard artists including Evgeny Kissin, Yuja Wang, Igor Levit, Yefim Bronfman, Jan Lisiecki, Richard Goode, Denis Kozhukhin, George Li, and Andras Schiff.

Chamber events offer the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; Emanuel Ax, Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma in Beethoven piano trios March 11; Mitsuko Uchida and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in a program of Mozart and Webern March 20; and Hilary Hahn, Seth Parker Woods and Andreas Haefliger April 1.

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