In Friday’s (2/26) Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein writes, “The Riccardo Muti era at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra officially began Thursday at Symphony Center, as the CSO’s 10th music director announced plans for his first season.” At the event announcing the orchestra’s 2010-11 season, which was also streamed live over the internet, Muti “turned serious when he discussed the enormous potential of music to change lives, whether they be regular concert goers or incarcerated youth, to whom he hopes to bring good music as well. … The music director’s 10 weeks in residence will be divided into fall, winter, and spring segments. He also will preside over the CSO’s first tour to New York’s Carnegie Hall under his baton in April 2011. He will make his public debut in his new capacity conducting the orchestra in a free ‘Concert for Chicago’ Sept. 19 in Millennium Park. The opening subscription concerts of his monthlong autumn residency in late September and early October will include symphonies by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Luigi Cherubini’s rarely heard Requiem in C Minor and the world premiere of Bernard Rands’ ‘Danza Petrificada,’ a CSO commission to be presented as part of the CSO’s contribution to the citywide ‘Mexico 2010’ celebration.” A video recording of the press conference can be accessed from the Chicago Symphony’s homepage, cso.org.
Posted February 26, 2010