CHICAGO—The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announces that Music Director Riccardo Muti will return to Chicago in January 2022 for a special series of concerts that will include three programs between January 13-29, with six performances at Symphony Center and two, free community concerts at neighborhood venues where Muti and the CSO have previously performed during his tenure as music director. Originally scheduled to perform together in Asia in January 2022, Muti and the Orchestra will reunite in Chicago in the new year following a set of critically acclaimed concerts in September and October 2021, their first performances together since the pandemic began in 2020.

Muti’s three-week residency features performances of Beethoven’s Fifth and Eighth symphonies (January 13-15), a program with Tchaikovsky’s suites from the ballets Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, along with  Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Emperor Waltz and the overture from the comic opera Donna Diana by Emil Reznicek (January 20 & 23), and a Baroque program including three Vivaldi concertos featuring CSO musicians as soloists and the first suite from Handel’s Water Music (January 27-29). The Beethoven program will be performed January 14 in Chodl Auditorium at Morton East High School in Cicero, where Muti and the CSO last appeared in 2013. The Baroque program will be performed January 28 at Apostolic Church of God in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood, where Muti and the CSO previously performed in 2011 and 2016.Single tickets for the January concerts at Symphony Center with Riccardo Muti and the CSO go on sale on Monday, November 15. Free reservations for the January 14 and 28 community concerts will become available in December at cso.org.

Vienna Philharmonic & Riccardo Muti about to tour Japan & South Korea … but China concerts cancelled.