Chicago Symphony’s Muti to conduct at Vatican

Posted on: May 8, 2012

An Associated Press report published Monday (5/7) in the Chicago Sun-Times and other outlets states, “Riccardo Muti will be conducting a concert in the Vatican in honor of Pope Benedict XVI. He’s the second big-name maestro to be conducting for the pope this spring. La Scala Opera house announced last week that Daniel Barenboim would conduct Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony when the pope visits Milan on June 1. According to a statement on his website Sunday, Muti will lead Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera in selections from Vivaldi and Verdi in the May 11 concert, which is being offered to the pope by Italy’s president in honor of the seventh anniversary of his election to the pontificate. … It’s not the first time Muti will conduct for a pope: He conducted selections of Verdi in 1983 when Pope John Paul II became the first pontiff to attend a performance at La Scala. Muti left La Scala in 2005 amid bitter controversy over artistic and programming differences and is currently music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.”

Posted May 8, 2012