James Conlon returns to Ravinia to conduct the CSO July 28 and 29

James Conlon will substitute for Christoph Eschenbach at the Ravinia Festival on July 28 and July 29, leading the CSO in two programs.

On July 28, Mr. Conlon will conduct Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony and Violin Concerto with soloist Ray Chen, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with soprano Marisol Montalvo, and Mozart’s “L’amerò sarò costante” for soprano and violin, featuring both Ms. Montalvo and Mr. Chen.

On July 29, the program will feature violinist Itzhak Perlman performing his “Cinema Serenade,” a collection of film score compositions and arrangements by John Williams—including the theme from Schindler’s List, which Perlman played on the original film soundtrack—along with Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Symphony No. 8.

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The Washington Post:  National Symphony rises under conductor James Conlon

“In nearly 2½ decades of listening to the National Symphony Orchestra, seldom have I heard the ensemble play as well for any conductor as it did Thursday night for James Conlon. One of America’s foremost conductors, Conlon has a long history of guest appearances with the orchestra. Mutual familiarity and respect translated into compelling musicmaking of great intensity and beauty.”

Read the full review here.

James Conlon to replace Bernard Haitink in CSO concerts

Conlon will conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and tenor Stephen Gould in three concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra March 30-April 1. For further information and tickets visit

Upcoming Performances

Los Angeles, CA   October November, 02, November, 05, November, 08, November, 11, November, 19, 2017

Plácido Domingo

Torino, Italy   October 20, 21, 2017

Brahms Cycle: Symphonies No. 3 and No. 1

Torino, Italy   October 26, 27, 2017

Mahler: Das Klagende Lied
Dvořák: The Golden Spinning Wheel
Aga Mikolaj soprano
Yulia Matochkina contralto
Brenden Gunnell tenor
Thomas Tatzl baritone
Coro Filarmonico di Brno

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