Strike over, the Chicago Symphony Winds put the focus back on the music

Chicago Classical Review

When planning this season well over a year ago, the University of Chicago Presents series likely had no idea that a concert by the Chicago Symphony Winds would have any news value beyond the music itself.

But coming less than 24 hours after the CSO’s seven-week was settled—the longest and most contentious in the orchestra’s history—Sunday afternoon’s event had some undeniable extra interest.

There is little doubt that some negative feelings will remain in the wake of the strike, not least from CSO donors and subscribers. Time will tell as to whether the strike will have an effect on the orchestra’s attendance and private financial gifting.

If the Mandel Hall audience was somewhat lighter than usual and the initial applause on the polite side, the CSO Winds’ superb performances of a trio of works for large wind ensemble earned an enthusiastic ovation by the concert’s end—nicely shifting the emphasis from salaries and pension plans back to the music where it belongs.

Read the full review on the Chicago Classical Review website.