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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Friday, November 15, 2019 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
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Riccardo Muti by Todd Rosenberg Photography, Joyce DiDonato by Chris Singer
Rome connects the music heard here. Berlioz’s cantata La mort de Cléopâtre was a Prix de Rome candidate. Although it didn’t win the prize, its dramatic vocal line and vivid orchestral writing give it riveting operatic power. Bizet paid tribute to the city in his orchestral suite Roma, noteworthy for its lithesome Scherzo and whirling Tarantella finale. Respighi’s spectacularly orchestrated tone poem Pines of Rome paint the city’s greenery in technicolor sound, including frolicking children, holy chants, bird song, and a ghostly Roman legion.

Part of: Great American Orchestras and Joyce DiDonato

Chicago Symphony Orchestra is also performing November 16.

Joyce DiDonato is also performing November 22, December 15, April 5, April 6, April 7, April 8, April 13, and May 26.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Music Director and Conductor
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano



BERLIOZ La mort de Cléopâtre

RESPIGHI Pines of Rome

In honor of the centenary of his birth, Carnegie Hall’s 2019–2020 season is dedicated to the memory of Isaac Stern in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Carnegie Hall, arts advocacy, and the field of music.

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