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CSO at Millennium Park: Allegro con Muti

Fans crowd Millennium Park to see Riccardo Muti conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Fans crowd Millennium Park to see Riccardo Muti conduct the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Update: 7:43 pm CDT

Friday’s crowd is estimated at over 20,000 people. Hundreds more are being turned away at the park entrance.

Riccardo Muti brings the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Millennium Park on Friday for a free, all-Tchaikovsky concert. It’s been four years to the day since Maestro Muti gave his inaugural concert in the park’s Pritzker Pavilion. He’s made a habit of alternating Millennium Park concerts with free neighborhood concerts for his season opener.

“Do you know that the Chicago Symphony is one of the best orchestras in the world? But…did you know?

…Don’t forget for your spiritual, your cultural “bread,” to come to the concert hall and to hear the orchestra, and to bring your children, because it’s the only possibility, in this terrible world, to make people better.”

—Riccardo Muti, September 19, 2014

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Early birds wait to claim seats at the Pritzker

Chicagoan Mary Catherine Burtch is first in line

Chicagoan Mary Catherine Burtch is first in line

Last year, Mr. Muti took the orchestra to Cicero. Three years ago, they played at a church on Chicago’s south side.

Mary Catherine Burtch of Chicago took half a vacation day to line up for a seat at Friday’s concert. “Riccardo Muti reaches out to the entire Chicago community. He steps out of Orchestra Hall and into the arms of the community.”

More on the CSO’s opening weekend.

Patty Campanile of Chicago said it had been 30 years since she had seen the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. “It’s a world-class symphony, and I’d been meaning to go. This will give us a jump start.”

At intermission, 13-year-old Matthew said, “I thought it was really interesting how they were able to play together. I had no clue what instruments could be used to make a particular sound.”

After the concert, 9-year-old Colin said, “It was loud – but GREAT.

  • Emma ET McLean

    I just used the first piece for the listening example in my 3-6th grade music classes. What an awesome interpretation of such beautiful and unique music! Thank you to The Strangers and WFMT. <3