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Orchestra de la Suisse Romande 

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It is impossible for me to think of the music of Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky and not think of the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande's definitive recordings of those composers' works, led by Ernest Ansermet. The late Ansermet founded the orchestra more than 70 years ago in order to give the French-speaking part of Switzerland (the "Suisse Romande") its own permanent orchestra. Ansermet's 50-year career with the orchestra, well documented on hundreds of recordings that are finding new life on compact disc, is one of the great conductor-orchestra partnerships of all time. Today Swiss-born conductor Armin Jordan leads the OSR, continuing its commitment to modern music and leading it on recordings and tours, the latest of which hits Chicago this week. Not surprisingly French repertoire makes up most of the program--music of Debussy, which this orchestra can play with a lightness of sound and color that no other orchestra in the world can match. Also on the program are the Beethoven Second Piano Concerto (with Martha Argerich) and a new work commissioned for this tour, Musique concertante for Orchestra, by Swiss composer Jost Meier. Sunday, 3 PM, Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan; 435-6666 or 435-8122.

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