The Chicago Symphony Orchestra opens the city’s eight-day eighth-annual World Music Festival Chicago 2006 with an unusual free concert conducted by David Allan Miller that includes a performance of Chinese film composer Tan Dan’s Pipa Concerto, performed by Chicago pipa virtuoso and Silk Road Ensemble member Yang Wei, as well as an excerpt from Chen Yi’s violin concerto “Chinese Folk Dance Suite” with CSO assistant concertmaster Yuan-Qing Yu as soloist. Albert Kuvezin and Sholban Mongush from the Siberian group Yat-Kha will perform a movement from Toka’s “Taezhnaya” Symphony that will incorporate traditional Tuvan throat singing and the Chicago-based Maquam Ensemble will perform three works composed for itself and the CSO by its artistic director and Middle Eastern oud master Issa Boulos. Borodin’s colorful “Polovtsian Dances” from “Prince Igor” and Balakirev’s “Islamey” round out the concert with some Russian dressing. This concert will also be repeated as part of a free Macy’s Day of Music on Saturday. (Dennis Polkow)
September 14 at Pritzker Pavilion.