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Washington Performing Arts presents: Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 PM

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra return to Washington after a long hiatus with a program of music by Samuel Adams, Brahms, and Verdi.

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Washington Performing Arts 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, music director

It’s been nearly 13 years since the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, one of the original "Big Five" American orchestras, last appeared in Washington. Brahms’s Second Symphony anchors the program, preceded by the D.C. premiere of many words of love by CSO composer-in-residence (and son of composer John Adams)  Samuel Adams. The program is rounded out by the overture to Verdi’s I vespri siciliani, led by music director Riccardo Muti, the "king of Verdi.... To hear this conductor in this repertory is like looking out a newly cleaned window" (New York Times).

Performance Timing: Part One - 33 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Part Two - 47 min.