In Thursday’s (6/18) Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein writes, “MusicNOW, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s contemporary music series, has announced the dates and programs for its 2009-10 season. All but one of the four concerts will be given in the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr., at Millennium Park. … The season’s centerpiece will be a concert presented as part of the CSO’s monthlong celebration of conductor emeritus Pierre Boulez’s 85th birthday. The French composer and conductor has been a longtime supporter of and participant in the series. [MusicNow Principal Conductor Cliff] Colnot will conduct Boulez’s ‘Messagesquisse,’ ‘Une page d’ephemeride,’ ‘Incises,’ ‘Dialogue de l’ombre double’ and ‘Anthemes II.’ Also featured will be works commissioned for the series from Dai Fujikura and Johannes Boris Borowski. The Jan. 24 event will take place at Orchestra Hall. [Composer Osvaldo] Golijov will curate the season finale March 15 at the Harris Theater. His ‘Patagonia,’ ‘Tekyah’ and a movement from ‘Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind’ will share the bill with works by John Luther Adams.” Works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Gyorgy Kurtag, Frederic Rzewski, and Mark-Anthony Turnage are also included.

Posted June 18, 2009