With one more week remaining in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2013 residency at Ravinia, the festival has gone ahead and released selected program and artist details for next year’s CSO tour of duty at its summer retreat. The residency will run July 8-Aug. 17 and comprise 20 concerts over a six-week period.
Music director James Conlon will preside over three operas in concert form. Richard Strauss’ “Salome,” with soprano Patricia Racette singing the title role for the first time, will be given in honor of the composer’s sesquicentennial. Conlon also will take members of the CSO back to the Martin Theatre for pairs of performances of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”
The CSO will provide the live symphonic accompaniments to complete screenings of “West Side Story” (music by Leonard Bernstein); and “The Lord of the Rings — Return of the King” (music by Howard Shore), the third and film of director Peter Jackson’s Tolkien trilogy.
Among classical artists on the Ravinia roster next summer, flutist James Galway will give the U.S. premiere of a flute concerto written for him by composer and arranger Bill Whelan (of “Riverdance” fame); and violinist Joshua Bell will headline the annual benefit evening, performing works of Sibelius and Saint-Saens.
Soprano Deborah Voigt will star in an evening of popular songs, and two ever-popular Tchaikovsky concertos, Piano Concerto No. 1 and Violin Concerto, will have Denis Matsuev and Midori as soloists, respectively. The guitarist known as Milos will appear on a program of classical music famously used in movie soundtracks. Representing American music theater will be programs devoted to Broadway love songs and Lerner and Loewe favorites.
Additional programs on the Ravinia 2014 schedule are to be announced in the coming months.Copyright © 2015, RedEye