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Chicago Symphony finds new conductor for Taipei concert

Chicago Symphony finds new conductor for Taipei concert

Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has found a new conductor for its performances in Taipei Jan. 25-26 after Italian conductor Riccardo Muti, who is suffering from a hernia, pulled out of the orchestra's Asia tour. The orchestra will now be led by Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska, according to Management of New Arts, the concerts' promoter. Vanska delivered memorable performances in October last year when he stepped in to substitute for Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink in the orchestra's performances in Chicago, the promoter said. The orchestra will present a classical music program on Jan. 25 and hold an evening of Beethoven the following night at the National Concert Hall in Taipei. Among the pieces featured in the concerts will be Mozart's Symphony No. 41 in C Major "Jupiter," Brahms' "Symphony No. 2 in D Major," Felix Mendelssohn's "Violin Concerto in E minor" and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 in E flat major "Eroica." In Mendelssohn's piece to be performed on Jan. 25, the solo violin will be played by Taiwan-born violinist Robert Chen, who has been concertmaster of the orchestra since 1999, the promoter said. Russian violinist Maxim Vengerov will be featured in the orchestra's performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's "Violin Concerto in D Major" on Jan. 26, the promoter said. Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has made some 40 overseas tours since 1971. Taipei will be the first leg of the orchestra's Asian tour in early 2013, which also includes cities in China and South Korea. It will be the first time that the orchestra performs in Taiwan. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-04-17 01:12 GMT+08:00