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Is it Scary to Sing for Muti?

Riccardo Muti rehearsing the Chicago Symphony Chorus, photo by Todd Rosenberg

For Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth, which opens this weekend at Symphony Center, nearly three hundred people will come together under his baton; a chorus, an orchestra, and soloists who’ve collectively logged lifetimes in the practice room. One chorister admits, “When Muti comes out for that first rehearsal, it’s terrifying—but it’s amazing. He’s incredible.” For the wide-eyed alertness that his presence commands

Muti Takes Orchestra to Cicero High School

Maestro Riccardo Muti

If you believe what you read, the town of Cicero has a troubled history. Iniquitous associations linger for decades, while saying nothing of the men and women who live, work, and raise families here. On Wednesday, the people of Cicero had the opportunity to show something of their fiber: world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti

Beyond Tristan

Portrait of Richard Wagner, Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1882

See the WFMT web exclusive video on the Chicago Symphony’s examination of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde.”

The Planets at Ravinia

Based on the Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago, the Ravinia Festival’s One Score, One Chicago endeavors to engage the entire community in a single musical masterpiece. This year’s selection is Holst’s The Planets. The work will be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the women of the Chicago Symphony Chorus at 8 more…

Victor Aitay 1921-2012

This week, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra lost one of its heroes. Longtime CSO veteran Victor Aitay died on Tuesday, July 24. A role model on and off the stage, Aitay served as Assistant Concertmaster, Concertmaster and Concertmaster Emeritus for the Chicago Symphony between 1956 and 2003. Here are a few reminiscences from colleagues David Taylor more…

Singing with Maestro Muti

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov is in Chicago to sing the rarely performed Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti by Dmitri Shostakovich with the Chicago Symphony.  He sang the Verdi Requiem with the Orchestra several years ago and has frequented the world’s stages with Maestro Muti.  Here Abdrazakov talks about learning music with the Maestro. Ildar more…

What Makes a Great Opera Conductor?

Russian Bass Ildar Abdrazakov will follow Riccardo Muti just about anywhere–geographically AND musically.  Here Abdrazakov shares some insight into the Maestro’s work ethic. Ildar on learning a role with Muti Ildar Abdrazakov will be singing with the CSO Thursday, June 14 – Tuesday, June 19

Pianos and Emanuel Ax in Public Spaces

This week some lucky museum visitors got a little bonus. Emanuel Ax toured the Pianos in Public Spaces placed around town by the Chicago Symphony in honor of the Keys to the City Festival. Listen to what some in the audience had to say. Visit the CSO’s website to find a piano near you. click more…

Pianos on Parade

I can’t tell you how many tourists said to me, “What an amazing thing: pianos just sitting out where people can play on them.” And that’s the general idea of Pianos in Public Spaces. People of every level are finding their inner Horowitz (or should we say “Ax”) and just sitting down to play. The more…

Emanuel Ax the Chorister?

Emanuel Ax is in town serving as Curator to the Keys to the City Piano Festival being hosted by the Chicago Symphony.  The Festival runs May 23rd to June 12th.  Here’s an excerpt from a conversation with WFMT’s Noel Morris. Click Here to Listen