Thursday, February 09, 2017

Scoop: A Reason to Read Press Releases by Out-of Town Orchestras

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra season announcement came out last month. I am not on their press mailing list, so this is a bit late.

No summary of the season, because they haven't released a chronological list of concerts, so I can't scan it for trends. However, the phrase "west coast tour with concerts in city A, city B, BERKELEY" did pop out at me.

Let's assume, for now, that the CSO will be Cal Performances' orchestra in residence next season. The dates are right, with the CSO touring in October. That is when Salonen and the Philharmonia were in residence this season.

The repertory for the tour is not that thrilling, with Bruckner's Fourth, Brahms symphonies 2 and 3, the Mozart clarinet concerto, music by Rossini, Schubert, and Schumann, and, one bright spot, a new work by Elizabeth Ogonek.

More on the CSO's 2017-18 season at their web site.

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