Word went out last weekend that Monday would be Cliff Colnot’s last concert as chief conductor of Chicago’s Civic Orchestra. And so it was.
He got a rare review in the Tribune, but no-one has said why he’s going after 22 years and what will become of the orchestra, except that Colnot will continue working with the ensemble until the end of the season.
The Civic is a training ensemble for the Chicago Symphony.
In Solti’s time it was exactly that. Now, outsiders seem to be winning auditions for CSO seats.
Is the Civic safe?