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Riccardo Muti on Schubert and Verdi in 2013

Chicago Symphony Music Director Riccardo Muti

Chicago Symphony Orchestra President Deborah Rutter and Music Director Riccardo Muti shared the stage Wednesday morning, discussing major programming themes during their 2013-14_Season_Announcement. Maestro Muti focused on two composers, Schubert and Verdi, who have suffered some neglect in the modern age. It’s true that in spite of Schubert’s name having been carved onto the Orchestra Hall façade, some of his symphonies are almost never performed there. As for Verdi, Maestro Muti contends that all too often the great Italian master suffers not from lack of performance, but from lack of understanding on the part of the performers. No doubt Maestro Muti knows exactly what this orchestra can do about that. See video of Maestro Muti at Wednesday’s press conference.


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