CSO at Ravinia review: James Conlon makes a poignant return

James Conlon
Chicago Tribune

By Howard Reich

Conductor James Conlon holds deep ties to the Ravinia Festival, having been music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s residencies there for 11 seasons (ending in 2015), and he seemed moved to return to its podium Thursday night.

Conlon conducted this music with a light hand, opening with an unhurried, regal approach to the most famous movement of “Pulcinella,” the Sinfonia (Overture). From there, true to his word, Conlon cleared ample space for CSO musicians to sound forth...In all, a selfless contribution from Conlon in tipping his hat to his longtime colleagues.

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