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Muti

CSO Principal talks Elgar and Muti

CSO Principal Cello John Sharp, Madrid, c. Todd Rosenberg

Anyone who has seen Riccardo Muti catch air on the podium, might be hard-pressed to think of him as an old dog. Last spring, the youthful, now 73-year-old conductor demonstrated his willingness to learn new tricks: he led the CSO in his first-ever performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto.

Muti in Conversation with Andrew Patner

CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti, c. Todd Rosenberg

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director talks about the Verdi he has not conducted, Richard Strauss works he plans to add to his repertoire, and the role of principal players in an ensemble. Hear the conversation on Monday’s edition of Critical Thinking with Andrew Patner.

Riccardo Muti leads the final CSO

$32 Million to the CSO

Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, c. Todd Rosenberg

The legacy of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra received a boost on Thursday with the announcement of two multimillion-dollar gifts − among the largest in the orchestra’s history according to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association. Chicago-based Sam and Helen Zell

Muti Sculpts a Symphony

Riccardo Muti c.Todd Rosenberg

In some arenas, pulling back the proverbial curtain is about as magical as Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz. When it comes to rehearsals with the Chicago Symphony and music director Riccardo Muti, this is not the case. First of all, one has to marvel at the preparedness

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

The End to Two Remarkable Seasons

Riccardo Muti dons #19, photo by Brian Kersey

Maestro Muti concluded the Chicago Symphony season at Symphony Center on Sunday with an impromptu speech from the stage saying the first thing he would do when his plane lands in Rome is to find out “if the Hawks won.”

Rudolf Buchbinder with the CSO

Pianist Rudolf Buchbinder

At the age of 5, Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder set the record for being the youngest student ever admitted to the Vienna Musik Hochschule. Early in his career, he recorded all the Beethoven sonatas and piano concertos; recently he recorded them all again—the concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic

Attila the Hun

Samuel Ramey as Attila

If one discusses the topic of Attila the Hun with Riccardo Muti, it’s best to forget that deeply ingrained, American pronunciation of the barbarian’s name, in favor of the Italian one. Apart from the Maestro’s insistence on the matter