Chicago Symphony adds Russian dates to European tour
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has announced details of its April 2012 European tour. Led by music director Riccardo Muti, the performances from April 15-28 will mark the CSO’s first appearance in Russia in two decades.
The two-week tour of Russia and Italy will begin April 18 and 19 at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory before continuing on to St. Petersburg April 21.
The Italian leg of the tour begins April 23 in Rome at the Teatro dell’opera, continuing on to Naples, Brescia and Ravenna. Repertoire is yet to be announced.
The orchestra’s previously announced performances in Abu Dhabi have been postponed until a future season.
The CSO’s concerts in Russia are presented under the auspices of the Obama-Medvedev Bilateral Presidential Commission, which takes place throughout next season in the four Russian cities that have U.S. embassies or consulates. The CSO is the centerpiece of a year-long cultural festival called American Seasons in Russia, which will present a variety of American performers and exhibitions from a range of arts genres.