Muti dedicates Chicago Symphony’s Bach Mass to Boston victims

Posted on: April 18, 2013

Late Tuesday (4/16) on the Chicago Sun-Times blog, Laura Emerick writes, “Before leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a performance Tuesday night of Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Symphony Center, music director Riccardo Muti addressed the audience: ‘I think that the entire world is shocked about what happened in Boston [the bombings and deaths Monday at the Boston Marathon]. Tonight, by coincidence, we perform, for the fourth time, the big work of Bach [Mass in B Minor]. It’s one of the greatest monuments of music and of the culture of mankind. The piece ends with ‘Dona nobis pacem,’ which means ‘Give Us Peace.’ But the problem is that Bach didn’t mean only give us eternal peace, but give us peace on Earth. … Before we perform the mass, we—my colleagues of the orchestra and members of the chorus—want to dedicate it to the victims of the tragedy in Boston and would like to ask you for a moment of concentration and silence. Please stand. [Pause.] Thank you.’ ”

Posted April 18, 2013