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Web Exclusive: From Sharp Minds

Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal cello John Sharp with music director Riccardo Muti, c.Todd Rosenberg

Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal cello John Sharp with music director Riccardo Muti, c.Todd Rosenberg

For all the singing of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the musicians are at times the unsung heroes. Maestro Muti often laughs that the conductor doesn’t do much—the truth is somewhere in the middle: Mr. Muti adds ears and insight; he builds architecture, but the musicians have to produce all the sound; and they do it with a lot of listening and a lot of technique. This week the orchestra recognizes one of its own: principal cellist John Sharp. Mr. Sharp plays the Elgar Cello Concerto, which hasn’t been played downtown for quite some time.

Cellist John Sharp spoke with WFMT about stepping into the spotlight.

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Riccardo Muti conducts the Elgar Cello Concerto with John Sharp; Schubert’s 2nd Symphony; and Schubert’s 8th, the Unfinished Symphony, through March 29. Look for these performances on Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcasts in the coming months.

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