If you are scratching your head trying to figure out why the Chicago Symphony is having an “Opening Night” gala weeks into its subscription season, join the club. But then, opening the season without a music director is even more puzzling. But there is no denying that with Yo-Yo Ma on hand to play the Dvorak Cello Concerto, this should be a special event indeed. But to take this classical warhorse and advertise it as having something to do with his Silk Road Ensemble because the piece incorporates Czech-inspired folk tunes is as much a stretch as using Stravinsky’s “Song of the Nightingale,” with its Western music portraying a Western fairy tale set in China, and Rossini’s Overture to “The Italian Girl in Algiers” for the same marketing purpose. The one true Silk Road Project piece on the program is “Night Music: Voice in the Leaves” by Uzbekistani composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts and Cyndia Sieden is the soprano soloist. (Dennis Polkow)
September 30 at Orchestra Hall.