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Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

22 February 2011 | Return to News

After the great success of Festival Présences Paris Esa-Pekka Salonen will be guest at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 23 February to 6 March. He will lead the orchestra in seven concerts. One of the programme highlights is the performance of his Violin Concerto. A CSO co-commission, the work received its world premiere in April 2009 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Salonen says the score is both a portrait of violinist Leila Josefowicz, who will be the soloist in Chicago, and a private narrative summary of his own experiences as a musician. Salonen’s work is paired with Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, a mesmerizing exploration of the intense beauty of his native Finland.

The second programme will feature Wagner’s Prelude to “Die Meistersinger of Nürnberg”, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 and “Esa (In cauda V)” by Donatoni. Composed in 2000 as Donatoni’s last work and commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the score was dedicated to Esa-Pekka Salonen, who was one of Donatoni’s composition students.