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Philip Glass' inspiration for The Triumph of the Octagon, CSO, Thu 1/18 @ 8pm

The octagon of Glass’s title refers to the World Heritage site Castel del Monte, a hilltop citadel on the heel of the boot of Italy, built by the 13th-century Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. With its esoteric, numerological aura, the place has always drawn Muti like a magnet. He grew up nearby and now owns adjoining properties, enjoying privileged access.

1/4 Dvořák: Cello Concerto, Symphony No. 8 (Andrei Ioniță, c; Herbert Blomstedt, cond)

1/11 Wagner: Prelude to Lohengrin Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 (Daniel Barenboim, cond)

Castel del Monte, 1229-1249, (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1996)
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Castel del Monte, 1229-1249, (UNESCO World Heritage List, 1996)

1/18 Glass: The Triumph of the Octagon Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Italian Strauss: Aus Italien (Riccardo Muti, cond)

1/25 Rossini: Overture to Il viaggio a Reims Mozart: Symphony No. 39 Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (Riccardo Muti, cond)