Although I have seldom agreed with the new CSO administration in its choice of debuting conductors, one notable exception was the appearance last season of 77-year-old German conductor Gunter Wand. This was, incredibly enough, a U.S. debut as well as a CSO debut for Wand, who has been one of Germany's most important conductors for over 35 years. Why the delay? Wand is so meticulous in his preparation for concerts that he declined coming abroad because of the limited amount of rehearsal time available with American symphony orchestras. The CSO's executive director Henry Fogel made Wand an offer and agreed to his demands for extra rehearsals at considerable expense to the CSO organization. The result was a Brahms First that everyone is still talking about, and a no less impressive Schubert Unfinished Symphony. This week Wand returns with Bruckner's Fifth Symphony, by a composer he has special affinity for, as his many glorious Bruckner recordings with his North German Radio Symphony Orchestra demonstrate. Tonight and Saturday, 8 PM, Tuesday, 7:30 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 435-6666 or 435-8122.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Klaus Henneh.