In one of the most eagerly anticipated concerts of the season, new CSO principal conductor Bernard Haitink begins his reign as what used to be called “Principal Guest Conductor” when the CSO had a music director, but the job description doesn’t matter since Haitink is a master Mahlerian who should elicit the very best from the CSO, mezzo soprano Michelle DeYoung and, mercifully, the women of the CSO chorus, instead of a cheap choral substitute such as Ravinia used for this work last summer. The Mahler Third Symphony is Mahler’s longest and what many consider to be his most powerful work, addressing as it does no less than all of the secrets of the universe across its massive six-movement structure. This is summer music, and should be just the thing to warm up an autumn evening. (Dennis Polkow)
October 19 at Orchestra Hall.