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Archive for April 12, 2013

Riccardo Muti This Week

Chicago Symphony Music Director Riccardo Muti

There’s almost always a flurry of activity at Symphony Center. When Maestro Muti is in town, it’s more like a cyclone of activity. The orchestra and chorus have been preparing performances of J.S. Bach‘s masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor. There were auditions and musicians hired. Four soloists are having their Chicago debut this week. more…

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Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu

Albanian tenor Saimir Pirgu is not wanting for work these days. The morning after a triumphant finish at the Metropolitan Opera (he sang Alfredo in Verdi’s La Traviata) he boarded a plane to Chicago. As it turns out, getting from New York to Chicago is a lot easier than getting from Verdi to Bach