Susanna Mälkki will take the helm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for three performances scheduled on March 21, 23, and 24, presenting a dynamic mix of classical and contemporary pieces

At the core of the program is Gustav Mahler’s famed Fourth Symphony, known for its celestial melodies and profound themes. Mälkki’s interpretation promises to reveal the symphony’s intricate layers, with soprano Ying Fang lending her captivating voice to illuminate Mahler’s vision of a child’s perspective on heaven.

In addition to Mahler’s masterpiece, the concerts will feature Wagner’s Prelude to Act I of Lohengrin, along with the world premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s Flute Concerto No. 2, specially commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Principal Flute Stefán Ragnar Höskuldsson will demonstrate his virtuosity in bringing Liebermann’s captivating composition to life.

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