Chicago Symphony to make debuts in Korea, Taiwan and Mexico next season

May 08, 2012

Riccardo Muti and the CSO will tour to China, Taiwan, Korea and Mexico in the 2012-13 season. Photo: Todd Rosenberg

Continuing the emphasis on international touring that has been an early hallmark of the Riccardo Muti era, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will make its debut in Mexico next season as well as visit Taiwan and Korea for the first time as part of an extensive Far East tour.

Muti and the CSO will perform two dates in Mexico this fall. On October 8 the orchestra will play in Guanajuato as part of the Festival Internacional Cervantino and in Mexico City October 10 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes. The program will be Verdi’s Overture to Nabucco, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 (Italian) and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.

The CSO’s tour in January and February 2013 will be its seventh Asian trip and the first with Muti as music director. The tour will include two concerts in Taipei, Taiwan and five stops in China (two concerts in Hong Kong as part of the Hong Kong Arts Festival, and one each in Shanghai, Beijing, and Tianjin). The tour will conclude with two concerts in Seoul, South Korea at the Seoul Arts Center.

Repertoire for this tour includes Stravinsky’s Divertimento (The Fairy’s Kiss), Busoni’s Turandot Suite, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3.

As previously announced, the orchestra will also open the Carnegie Hall season this fall with three programs October 3-5. The repertoire will include Orff’s Carmina Burana, Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Franck’s Symphony in D Minor, Mason Bates’ Alternative Energy, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5, Martucci’s Notturno and Respighi’s Feste romane.; 312-294-3000.

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