Riccardo Muti has been a shining if somewhat elusive presence locally since his most recent appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in late September. But the maestro has certainly been on the move closer to home. Last month he and the CSO whooshed through Kansas City, Mo., and six California cities, on the first of two domestic tours they...

“Describe the Chicago Symphony’s sound.” It was an innocent enough request, but it carried a hidden inference, and Riccardo Muti pounced on it like a cat bagging an unsuspecting sparrow. “Of course, at one time it was renowned for its famous brass, but that comment seems to neglect the rest of the orchestra,” said the symphony’s 76-year-old music d...

Protetta dietro ai silenzi bizantini di Ravenna, al terzo anno di attività e incentrata sull’Aida di Verdi, l’Italian Opera Academy di Riccardo Muti si presenta con un duplice profilo: da un lato, è luogo eletto di alta formazione per i giovani direttori d’orchestra di domani, dall’altro è un progetto-pilota, interamente sostenuto dal mecenatismo p...

During the Italian Renaissance, patronage of the musical arts was a point of pride for countless aristocratic families. As Italian Americans in the Windy City, we have a proud legacy to uphold, and there is no worthier recipient of our patronage than Maestro Riccardo Muti. As Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2010, he has burni...

Riccardo Muti will launch the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's planned celebration of the bicentennial of composer Giuseppe Verdi's birth by leading a special October performance of his "Requiem" that will be streamed live online, the Italian conductor announced Wednesday. The orchestra plans to mark the Verdi anniversary with several performances of...

September 19, 2013 - Chicago Symphony Center - Concert starts at 8.00pm Music Director Riccardo Muti leads Giuseppe Verdi's powerful ballet from Macbeth in honor of the opera composer's bicentennial and rounds the concert off with the sunniest of Brahms's symphonies, which opens with horns rising like the dawn over brooding lower st...

by Patrick Neas When music is led by a great conductor like Arturo Toscanini, Wilhelm Furtwängler or Herbert von Karajan, it is charged with an electricity missing from performances led by lesser talents. Riccardo Muti belongs in that pantheon of great conductors.   In a Muti performance, whether live, on radio or on a recording, one i...

L'American Academy in Rome ha assegnato il Premio McKim 2012 al Maestro Riccardo Muti. Il riconoscimento rende omaggio al grande talento artistico e all'indiscusso contributo del Maestro al mondo della musica classica nell'arco della sua brillante carriera internazionale. La McKim Medal verrà consegnata al Maestro Muti lunedì 28 maggio durante l'o...

Italian conductor Riccardo Muti said Monday he will extend his tenure as the musical director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through 2020. The famous maestro from Naples has thrilled audiences in Chicago since his arrival in 2010."Chicago is my home away from home, and I am very glad it will continue to be so," Muti said in a statement.  ...

Dieci giorni all'insegna della cultura italiana e dell'amicizia tra Italia e Stati Uniti per la città di Chicago. A partire da ieri sera, la "capitale" del Midwest celebra infatti il 2013, Anno della Cultura Italiana negli Usa con tre concerti del Maestro Riccardo Muti, direttore della Chicago Symphony Orchestra, dedicati al compositore italiano Gi...