The CSO announces 2022-23 season, the final for Muti. Plus his thoughts on Ukraine and Russian musicians. (2022)

In 1973, Riccardo Muti first stood before the orchestra he would lead decades later as its music director, conducting the Chicago Symphony in Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” The orchestra’s larger-than-life sound in the suite’s final movement, the triumphal “Great Gate of Kyiv,” still echoes mightily in his memory.

“I was very impressed … no, ‘impressed’ is not enough. I couldn’t believe the quantity of sound that came from the brass,” Muti said, speaking recently from his home in Ravenna, Italy. “I remember I had to reduce my gestures, because the sound was so big.”

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Muti will lead the CSO in “Pictures at an Exhibition” next fall (Oct. 6-8) in what has been announced as his last season with the orchestra, 50 years after that performance. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) on Tuesday announced programming for the 2022-23 season — the orchestra’s 132nd.

In October, ”The Great Gate of Kyiv” will resound in a very different world. Underneath Kyiv’s real-life Golden Gate, a subway station named for the landmark has become a bomb shelter. Kyiv’s memorial to Babyn Yar — the pogrom memorialized by Dmitri Shostakovich in his Symphony No. 13, which Muti and the CSO widely performed and recorded in a Grammy-winning album — lies ravaged. In Mariupol, the historic theater that once resounded with heavenly sounds is now a mass grave.

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Though he unequivocally opposes barring artists from performing on the basis of their nationality, Muti nonetheless had unsparing words for Russian artists, regardless of stature, who have remained silent about the conflict.

“Maybe some of them are afraid because they received favors from the government, and they cannot be against (the war). But people must have the courage to say that to kill people, to kill children, to take away freedom … that is not to be against a government. That is to be human,” he said. “Everyone must say in a full voice that to kill people is criminal — to take freedom, integrity, and dignity away from any nation is a crime. If they don’t have the courage … that is on their conscience.”

Muti, 80, has long used his musical pulpit to excoriate what he sees as a decline in cultural appreciation and accompanying rise in violence at every scale — interpersonal, intercommunal, international. He will leave his post at the CSO next June a more pessimistic man, but not a defeated one.

“The situation in the world will be very dangerous for the orchestra, and they deserve a wonderful future,” Muti said. “Music can help — not to stop the war, of course, but to make people more gentle, more human.

“I still have the strength to fight. It’s a drop in the ocean, but together it may create another sea.”

Muti’s final CSO year dovetails with the first for a new fellowship program offering career pathways to string players from racial and ethnic backgrounds underrepresented on American orchestral stages. Starting next season, the initiative — so far dubbed simply the CSO Fellowship Program — will engage three musicians at a minimum of 20 concert cycles per year, for a maximum stint of three seasons. Fellows will be accepted as seats become available; musicians must have graduated from an undergraduate degree program to apply, but there is no upper age limit for applicants.

“The whole goal here is to get them the training and experience that will help secure an orchestra audition — hopefully in the CSO, but if it’s another orchestra, that’s fine, too,” says CSOA president Jeff Alexander. “It might be that we find three fellows for the first year, and halfway through the year, one of them wins an audition somewhere, and they leave us at the end of the first season. In theory, actually, the shorter they’re in the program, the better.”

CSO Fellows must unionize with the American Federation of Musicians’ local, the Chicago Federation of Musicians, and will be engaged at same rate as substitute musicians — given the number of weeks engaged, equivalent to anywhere between $52,000 and $65,000 per year, according to Alexander.

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The fellowship mirrors other programs recently inaugurated at the Cincinnati Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Detroit Symphony’s African American Orchestra Fellowship is among the oldest, founded in 1990. Like Cincinnati’s Diversity Fellowship, the CSO Fellowship Program is limited to string players, but “maybe that will change in time,” says Alexander.

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Internal diversity, equity, and inclusion working groups at the CSO formulated not only the Fellowship Program but also its goals to increase mainstage programming of works by underrepresented and living composers. At the time the season was finalized, CSO subscription concerts featured six works by composers of color, all of whom are alive, with the exception of Black British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912). The CSO plays eight works total by living composers on its subscription concerts. (William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 1 was programmed before his death last month; CSO principal timpanist David Herbert’s May 25-27 performances of the work now eulogize the composer, himself longtime principal timpanist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.) That’s more than recent seasons, if still, as ever, on the conservative end of the spectrum of major American symphony orchestras.

“Some people, I’m sure, will say, ‘Oh, you should be doing more.’ But these are really great composers and great pieces, some of them we haven’t heard yet (at the CSO),” Alexander says.

Indeed, with so many loose ends to tie up in Muti’s final season, just a year out from Orchestra Hall’s shutdown, the season is not without its gaps. The CSO presents just one orchestral world premiere next season, and it’s a given: a new work by Jessie Montgomery, already guaranteed by the terms of her appointment as composer-in-residence (May 11-16).

On the flip side, the CSO unveils a decent slate of U.S. premieres. During his tenure, Muti has gravitated more toward resuscitating lesser-known 19th- and 20th-century works than world premieres. “Solemn Prelude,” a short overture written by Coleridge-Taylor in 1899, gets such a treatment for opening weekend (Sept. 22-27) alongside Yefim Bronfman in Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2, which incorporates folk melodies from Ukraine and Russia.

Later in the fall, Lera Auerbach’s cello concerto “Diary of a Madman” gets its American premiere at the hands of dedicatee Gautier Capuçon and conductor Manfred Honeck, his tenure at Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra recently extended through 2028 but still in the running as a possible Muti successor (Nov. 17-20).

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After that, 26-year-old Finnish wunderkind Klaus Mäkelä — debuting here next month in a program including Stravinsky’s “Firebird” — conducts “Aino” by composer Jimmy López, known to Chicago audiences when his opera “Bel Canto” became the first mainstage Lyric Opera commission in a decade upon its 2016 premiere (Feb. 16-18). Both Auerbach and López’s works are CSO co-commissions.

Pianist-composer-conductor Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 150th birthday also passes without a complete piano concerto or symphony cycle, with most of the commemoration at the hands of guest musicians. 33-year-old phenom Lahav Shani (as of recently, helming the Israel and Rotterdam Philharmonics) leads a mostly Rachmaninoff program with pianist Beatrice Rana (Feb. 9-11), Evgeny Kissin dedicates half a recital program to his works (April 16), and Daniil Trifonov plays the larger-than-life Piano Concerto No. 3 in an all-Russian program with French conductor Fabien Gabel (April 20-23).

An exception: Muti steps out with Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in the same program as Montgomery’s premiere, his first time leading the work (May 11-16). When asked about the symphony, he pointed out the sustained relationship between Rachmaninoff and the Philadelphia Orchestra, which Muti led between 1980 and 1992.

“Rachmaninoff wrote a lot of music for the Philadelphia Orchestra. It was the orchestra in which he found the sound for his symphonic music, this perfume that Stokowski cultivated,” he said. “I was always suspicious about this composer’s music, (which interpreters tend) to make too superficial, to indulge too much. When you hear the recordings where Rachmaninoff plays the piano, it’s much more serious.

“But (the Rachmaninoff symphony) is not so much a challenge. ‘Missa solemnis’”—the Beethoven choral-orchestral epic with which Muti closes out his CSO tenure, June 23-25 — ”that is a challenge.”

Other 2022-23 season highlights include Chucho Valdés’s Afro-Cuban jazz suite “The Creation” (Oct. 18), a collaborative program between the CSO and Joffrey Ballet (Nov. 10-12), CSO artist-in-residence Hilary Hahn playing selections from Bach’s sonatas and partitas for solo violin (March 19), recitals by tenor Juan Diego Flórez (Jan. 31) and soprano Renée Fleming (May 14), and the Emerson String Quartet returning to Chicago with a for-real-this-time last hurrah with pianist Emanuel Ax before disbanding (June 4). Programming for MusicNOW, the CSO’s contemporary music series, and the Civic Orchestra, its training and outreach ensemble, remain unannounced.

Guest orchestras also finally return to Symphony Center, with visits by the Berlin Philharmonic (its first to Symphony Center in 12 years, Nov. 16) and Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Feb. 14).

After years of directing Civic and CSO special programs, this season finally features the long-overdue subscription debut of conductor Thomas Wilkins, leading more Coleridge-Taylor, Antonin Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony No. 9, and principal clarinetist Stephen Williamson in Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto (March 23-26). Composer Thomas Adès also makes his CSO conducting debut leading his own Piano Concerto with soloist Kirill Gerstein (April 6—11).

For other guest conductors next season, to riff on Freud, a podium visit is not just a podium visit. With its music director with one foot out the door, the CSO — admin and musicians alike — will be sussing out many guest conductors’ fit as a possible music director. Among the guest conductors coming who could conceivably take on the current residency commitment required by the music director role: Staatskapelle Dresden principal conductor Christian Thielemann (conducting Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, Oct. 20-25), Ravinia conductor/curator and ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra chief conductor Marin Alsop (with the Lorelai Ensemble in a CSO co-commission by Julia Wolfe, Jan. 6-7), outgoing Minnesota Orchestra director Osmo Vänskä (in a choral-orchestral program including Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and Jessie Montgomery’s “Banner,” March 16-18), and Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša (closing out guest podium stints with Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, June 8-10).

But the CSO is in no rush, as Alexander made clear when asked what he expects will happen at the end of the 2022-23 season.

“At this stage, any conductor that comes through is somebody that we’re all watching carefully, of course … (But) we’ve not set a deadline for when we want to conclude the search. It’s really important that we find the right person, and that we take our time to do that,” Alexander says.

“Chances are, there will be there will be a gap. That’s not uncommon, and we’ve known that for a long time.”

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