Wishing a very happy eightieth birthday to Zubin Mehta!
A frequent and favorite guest conductor in Chicago, Mehta has appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions, both at Orchestra Hall and the Ravinia Festival. He first appeared with the Orchestra on a special concert (benefitting the musicians’ pension fund) on December 1, 1986, leading Brahms’s two piano concertos, both with Daniel Barenboim as soloist.
Mehta has led the Orchestra in an incredible array of works, including Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, as well as symphonies by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Foss, Lutosławski, and Schubert, and concertos by Bartók, Beethoven, Brahms, and Prokofiev. With the Chicago Symphony Chorus, he has conducted Mahler’s Second and Third symphonies along with Orff’s Carmina burana. Mehta also has led concert performances of complete operas, including Berlioz’s Les troyens and Puccini’s Tosca.
Most recently, Mehta was guest conductor on a musicians’ pension fund concert on February 24, 2006, leading the Orchestra in Brahms’s First Symphony and First Piano Concerto. Daniel Barenboim was the soloist.
Happy, happy birthday!