By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily
Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra are coming
to Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa next Friday (Feb. 17). Tim Mangan, the
Orange County Register’s classical music critic (when he’s not covering the
celebrity beat) has just posted an excellent article based on a phone interview
with Muti, the CSO’s music director, who will conduct the concert. Conductors
like Muti aren’t easy to corral for interviews but Tim really made the most of
his opportunity — I learned more about Muti from this article than almost any
I’ve read. Here’s a LINK.
Friday’s CSO program (sponsored by the Orange County
Philharmonic Society) is quite out of the ordinary for a tour concert: Pacific 231 by Swiss composer Arthur
Honegger (a piece based on trains); Alternative
Energy, a new work by CSO Composer-in-Residence Mason Bates; and Franck’s
Symphony in D minor, once a repertory staple but now mostly languishing in obscurity.
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