Music Director Riccardo Muti Leads Fifth International Tour with Chicago Symphony, Now thru 1/18

In January, Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the CSO in their fifth international tour together. The two-week trip includes the CSO's debut in Spain's Canary Islands, after which they travel to Essen, Germany and then to Luxembourg. This is the CSO's 31st tour to Europe.

Muti and the Orchestra perform two concerts in each of two cities in the Canary Islands-in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, and in Santa Cruz de Tenerife-as part of the 30th Canary Islands Music Festival. The first program, tonight, January 10, 2014, includes Verdi's Ballet Music from Macbeth, Strauss' Death and Transfiguration and Prokofiev's Suite from Romeo and Juliet. The second program, on January 11, includes Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique. These two programs, in that sequence, will be repeated on January 13 and 14 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

From the Canary Islands, Maestro Muti and the Orchestra travel to Essen, Germany, for one performance on January 16 at the Philharmonie Essen. They will perform the Verdi, Strauss and Prokofiev program. The CSO's first visit to Germany in 1971 was part of its first tour to Europe. This marks the CSO's 22nd visit to Germany, and its third to Essen, having performed at the Philharmonie Essen in 2005 with Pierre Boulez and in 2007 with Maestro Muti.

Closing this tour is a one-night-only performance at the Grand Auditorium at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. This is the second time that the Orchestra has performed at the Luxembourg Philharmonie; the first was in 2011 with Maestro Muti. This concert, on January 18, features the Beethoven and Berlioz program.

Bank of America is the Global Sponsor of the CSO. The appearance of the Music Director is made possible in part by a generous gift from the Zell Family Foundation.

Tour Itinerary

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Tonight, January 10, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

VERDI Ballet Music from Macbeth
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Saturday, January 11, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Auditorio de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Monday, January 13, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

VERDI Ballet Music from Macbeth
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration Op. 24
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Auditorio de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

Alfred Krupp Saal, Philharmonie
Essen, Germany

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 8 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

VERDI Ballet Music from Macbeth
STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration, Op. 24
PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Grand Auditorium, Philharmonie
Luxembourg

Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8 p.m.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14

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; 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 also is 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; celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma is the CSO's Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant. Composers Mason Bates and Anna Clyne are the CSO's Mead Composers-in-Residence.

The renowned musicians of the CSO annually perform more than 150 concerts, most at Symphony Center in downtown Chicago and, in the summer, at the suburban Ravinia Festival. The CSO also appears in other U.S. cities, and frequently tours internationally. Since its founding in 1891, the Orchestra has made 56 international tours, visiting 28 countries on five continents. At home and on tour, tickets are always in high demand and frequently sold out; occasional performances and rehearsals are free.

People around the globe enjoy the extraordinary sounds of the Orchestra and the Chorus through CSO Radio broadcasts and webcasts worldwide and through CSO Resound, a best-selling record label. Recordings by the CSO have won 62 Grammy Awards®. Through its Institute for Learning, Access, and Training, the CSO offers a variety of youth, community and education programs, all of which are based on the concept of Citizen Musicianship, using and promoting the power of music to contribute to our culture, our communities, and the lives of others.

The parent organization for the CSO is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA). It also includes the acclaimed Chicago Symphony Chorus, conducted by Duain Wolfe, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, a training ensemble conducted by Cliff Colnot. Under the banner of a series entitled Symphony Center Presents, the CSOA also presents prestigious guest artists and ensembles from a variety of musical genres-classical, jazz, pop, world, and contemporary. Deborah F. Rutter, a highly regarded arts executive, is president of the CSOA.

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