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Riccardo Muti, CSO Music Director, Returns to Chicago for Two Week Residency, 3/20-29

Riccardo Muti, CSO Music Director, Returns to Chicago for Two Week Residency, 3/20-29

CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti returns to Chicago in March for two weeks of CSO programs that continue the cycle of Schubert's symphonic works which began at the start of the 2013/14 season. Concerts with Maestro Muti take place on March 20-22 and 26-29, 2014. The first week's program includes Schubert's Symphony No. 9, the "Great" C Major and Schumann's Piano Concerto featuring pianist Mitsuko Uchida.

On March 26-29, CSO Principal Cello John Sharp joins Maestro Muti and the CSO as the soloist in Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85. This performance of Elgar's Cello Concerto marks the first time that Sharp has performed the work with the CSO and the first time that he has been featured as concerto soloist under Muti's baton. Surrounding the concerto on this program are two of Schubert's symphonies: No. 8, the "Unfinished," perhaps his most recognizable, and No. 2, which closes the program.

The March 26 Afterwork Masterworks concert program includes only the Elgar and "Unfinished" Symphony without intermission and starts at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the Afterwork Masterworks concert, patrons can enjoy complimentary wine and an engaging Q&A with Maestro Muti and CSO Principal Cello John Sharp moderated by Phillip Huscher, Program Annotator for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

On March 28, there will be a post-concert book and CD signing with Maestro Muti in Grainger Ballroom.

Throughout the CSO's 2013/14 season, Maestro Muti and the CSO traverse the complete Schubert symphonies, as well as several more of the composer's works. An orchestra must reach deeply when playing the music of Schubert. It is pure music...there is great intimacy and great reflection. When you experience a Schubert symphony, you come out of the hall enriched," says Riccardo Muti.

As part of his ongoing commitment to bring classical music to the broadest possible audience, Maestro Muti leads his annual open rehearsal with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, which celebrates its 95th anniversary this season, onSunday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Orchestra Hall.

The open rehearsal program includes selections from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet, including movements from Suites No. 1 and 2 such as "Montagues and the Capulets," "The Child-Juliet," and "Romeo at the grave of Juliet." This rehearsal offers a unique opportunity for the public to observe Maestro Muti working with the pre-professional musicians of the Civic. The rehearsal is free and open to the public; tickets are required. While tickets are free, there is a nonrefundable $2 service fee per ticket. There is a maximum of six tickets allowed per concert, per household. Reservations can be made online at cso.org, in person at the CSO box office, or via phone at 312-294-3000.

Bank of America is the Global Sponsor of the CSO. Sponsorship of the Music Director for performances on March 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 and 29 is provided in part by a generous gift from the Zell Family Foundation.

Program and Ticket Details

Tickets for all CSO concerts can be purchased by phone at 800-223-7114 or 312-294-3000; online at cso.org, or at the Symphony Center box office: 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60604.

Discounted student tickets for select concerts can be purchased, subject to availability, online in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert. For group rates, please call 312-294-3040.

Artists, programs and prices are subject to change.

About Riccardo Muti (www.RiccardoMutiMusic.com)
Riccardo Muti, born in Naples, Italy, is one of the preeminent conductors of our day. In 2010, when he became the tenth music director of the world-renowned Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), he had more than forty years of experience at the helm of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence (1968-80); the Philharmonia Orchestra in London (1972-82); the Philadelphia Orchestra (1980-1992); and Teatro alla Scala in Milan (1986-2005).

He continues to be in demand as a guest conductor for other great orchestras and opera houses: the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Munich, the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House in London, the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, and many others. He is an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic, which gave him its Golden Ring as a special sign of esteem and affection. He is an honorary member of Vienna's Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of the Friends of Music) and is also honorary director for life of the Rome Opera.

Muti has received innumerable honors from Italy, the United States, France, Germany, Austria, Great Britain, Israel, Spain, Russia, Sweden, and the Vatican as well as more than 20 honorary degrees from universities around the world. Passionate about teaching young musicians, Muti founded the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra in 2004. Through Le vie dell'Amicizia (The Paths of Friendship), a project of the Ravenna Festival in Italy, he has conducted in many of the world's most troubled areas in order to bring attention to and advocate for civic and social issues. In Chicago and around the globe, Muti demonstrates his strong commitment to sharing classical music broadly by regularly offering free concerts and rehearsals to the public and by performing in schools, prisons, and other community venues.

Riccardo Muti's vast catalog of recordings, numbering in the hundreds, ranges from the traditional symphonic and operatic repertoires to contemporary works. He also has written two books, "Verdi, l'italiano" (published in Italian and German) and "Riccardo Muti: An Autobiography: First the Music, Then the Words," which has been published in several languages.

About the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (cso.org)
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Its music director since 2010 is Riccardo Muti, one of the preeminent conductors of our day. The venerable Pierre Boulez is the CSO's Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus; the celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma is the CSO's Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant. Mason Bates and Anna Clyne are the CSO's Mead Composers-in-Residence. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Its music director since 2010 is Riccardo Muti, one of the preeminent conductors of our day. Pierre Boulez is the CSO's Helen Regenstein Conductor Emeritus; Yo-Yo Ma is the CSO's Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant. Mason Bates and Anna Clyne are the CSO's Mead Composers-in-Residence.

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