Updated: June 11, 2012 9:07AM
With a successful two-week barnstorming of Russia and Italy just ended, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday its full 2012-13 touring plans with music director Riccardo Muti, including its first-ever performances in Mexico, as well as debuts in Taiwan, South Korea and Tianjin, China, southeast of Beijing.
As previously announced, the CSO will open Carnegie Hall’s season in New York with three concert programs Oct. 3, 4 and 5, and then head to Mexico for an Oct. 8 concert at the 40th annual Festival Internacional Cervantino, the country’s major cultural festival, in the colonial-era city of Guanajuato and then Oct. 10 to Mexico City, to play at the famed Palacio de Bellas Artes.
As tipped by the kinetic Muti at a CSO press conference earlier this year, the orchestra will make its seventh trip to the Far East — and its first with him — for a nine-concert, six-city tour in January-February 2013 to Taipei, Taiwan; Hong Kong; Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, China, and Seoul, South Korea. The CSO last visited Asia (Japan, Hong Kong and China) with former principal conductor Bernard Haitink in 2009.
Muti will bring music of Verdi, Mendelssohn and Brahms to Mexico and, with different works by each composer, to the Far East, where he also adds Stravinsky, Busoni and Beethoven to the menu. No American, Mexican or Asian works have been announced, although the Busoni is a suite drawn from the composer’s 1917 Chinese fairy-tale opera “Turandot,” and encores are always possible.