Riccardo Muti to remain at Chicago Symphony through 2023

Posted on: September 24, 2021

“The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced Thursday that Riccardo Muti, who has led the orchestra since 2010, agreed to a one-year contract extension, making the 2022-23 season his last with the CSO,” writes Hannah Edgar in Thursday’s (9/23) Chicago Tribune. “The CSO released the news the same day Muti returned to kick off the orchestra’s 2021-22 season … conducting works by Florence Price and Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges.… Muti’s final two seasons with the CSO will [comprise] 10 weeks of local engagements … and four weeks of touring commitments…. The 2022/23 season [will include] a commission by newly minted composer-in-residence Jessie Montgomery; a January 2023 tour to Taiwan, China, and Japan; and performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in June 2023…. Muti’s epochal tenure … saw the creation of the CSO’s new artist-in-residence position … and the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Apprentice Program…. The august conductor, who turned 80 in July, [said], ‘At a certain point in my life, after more than 50 years of music directorship around the world, I think I have the right … to take care of myself…. I think it’s time for a new generation or other conductors to bring their ideas.’ ”