Muti extends to 2022-23 as Chicago Symphony music director

Sep 29, 2021 211

BY: RONALD BLUM

Absent from Chicago since February 2020 due to the pandemic, Riccardo Muti walked into Orchestra Hall and started to rehease Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” “It was a very, very emotional moment when I walked on stage and I went to the podium because the orchestra was united for the first time with their music director in the concert hall,” Muti said during a telephone interview Thursday, two days after the first rehearsal and before the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s opening night of the season. 

“We played immediately the `Eroica,' which I dedicated to the musicians of the orchestra and all the musicians in the world that have been separated and been in suffering because of the virus.” Muti was to lead the CSO's season-opening performance Thursday night, which included Joseph Bologne's overture to “L’Amant anonyme (The Anonymous Lover)" and Florence Price's andante moderato.

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SOURCE: https://www.miamiherald.com

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