Highlights from the upcoming Chicagoy Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Center season:
Sept. 19: Riccardo Muti launches his bicentennial tribute to Verdi with a program that also includes music by Brahms and Johann Strauss Jr.
Sept. 28, Oct. 1-6: Muti leads the CSO, Chicago Symphony Chorus and vocal soloists in concert performances of Verdi's “Macbeth.” The cast includes Dario Solari in the title role, Tatiana Serjan as Lady Macbeth and Francesco Meli as Macduff.
Oct. 10: Muti conducts a special performance of Verdi's Requiem on the composer's 200th birthday. The solo vocal quartet consists of Tatiana Serjan, Daniela Barcellona, Mario Zeffiri and Ildar Abdrazakov.
Oct. 17-22: Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki, one of the most impressive guest conductors of recent years, returns to the subscription series to preside over works by Debussy, Stravinsky and Thomas Ades.
Nov. 14-16: Charles Dutoit directs performances of Benjamin Britten's “War Requiem.” The composer's intention that the solo parts be sung by a Russian, an Englishman and a German (thus underlining the work's message of reconciliation) will be honored: The soloists will be Tatiana Pavlovskaya, John Mark Ainsley and Matthias Goerne, with the CSO Chorus.
Jan. 30-Feb. 1: Muti begins his Schubert symphony cycle with Symphonies No. 3 and 4, and the premiere of Giovanni Sollima's Double Cello Concerto, with Yo-Yo Ma and the composer as soloists.
Feb. 6-8: Muti pairs Schubert's Mass in A flat with Ennio Morricone's “Voices from the Silence,” a choral-orchestral work commemorating the events of 9/11.
Feb. 20-23: Pierre Boulez's two-week residency gets underway with works large and small by Debussy and Stravinsky.
May 22-24: The first program of guest conductor Jaap van Zweden's “Truth to Power” series contains the Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Britten's “Peter Grimes,” along with Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 (“Leningrad”).
June 19-21: It's a rare Muti/Mahler sighting when the maestro conducts Gustav Mahler's First Symphony, coupled with Schubert's Symphony No. 5.
Subscription materials for the 2013-14 season of the CSO and Symphony Center Presents concerts will be available this week; 312-294-3000, cso.org.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times