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Symphony Center Presents series take a Latin and Russian accent

Updated: February 7, 2013 8:13PM

Along with its full Chicago Symphony Orchestra offerings, the CSO Association announced its various Symphony Center Presents series and subscriptions Wednesday. (The jazz series will be be announced at a later date.)

The CSOA is increasingly targeting ethnic communities. Both the CSO and SCP calendars include strong representation of Latin and Russian programs and performers. Visiting orchestras next season include the Mariinsky (Kirov) with its artistic chief Valery Gergiev in the three early Stravinsky ballets, “The Firebird,” “Petrushka” and “The Rite of Spring” on Oct. 2.

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic follows with Yuri Temirkanov in an all-Russian program Feb. 22 with young Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang. Zubin Mehta returns March 17 with his Israel Philharmonic in the Bruckner Eighth Symphony.

Special concerts include the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, with original members Omara Portuondo and Barbarito Torres, on Sept. 29 and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan on Oct. 20. Flamenco singer Estrella Morente makes her SCP debut on March 4.

In addition to such regular SCP engagements as Hallowed Haunts, the Vienna Boys Choir, Chanticleer, and the Chieftains, the CSO Brass will return to the series Dec. 19 after a one-year absence.

The Chamber Music Series goes from five to six dates. German violinist Christian Tetzlaff (who also appears in the Dvorak concerto with the CSO and Esa-Pekka Salonen in April) kicks off the series with his countryman Lars Vogt in a mixed program Nov. 17. Anne Sofie von Otter and Emanuel Ax present a song program Jan. 26.

Violinist Joshua Bell plays Feb. 12, and Yo-Yo Ma and Ax perform Brahms together Feb. 21. Richard Tognetti leads his vibrant Australian Chamber Orchestra with pianist Olli Mustonen on March 23 and pianist Yefim Bronfman and violist-violinist Pinchas Zukerman play Brahms and Schubert on April 2.

The 10-program Piano Series leads off with intrepid performer and writer Jeremy Denk in Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Oct. 13, Andras Schiff continuing his own heavy Bach explorations with the six partitas on Oct. 27, rising young Russian Daniil Trifonov in a demanding mixed program Feb. 9, Evgeny Kissin in Schubert and Scriabin on March 2, Mitsuko Uchida in Beethoven’s great Diabelli Variations on March 9, Leif Ove Andsnes in an all-Beethoven program on March 16, and Ax in another of his Brahms plus contemporary combinations May 18.

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