Conductor Riccardo Muti extends contract with Chicago Symphony


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Muti has become Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s (CSO) 10th Music Director in 2010. Daniel Barenboim, Muti’s the tenure was originally scheduled to end at the end of their 2021-22 season.

However, due to the many months of canceled concerts due to COVID-19, Muti accepted the CSO Association’s request to remain in the role for another year.

The next season will see Muti continue his usual role, leading CSO in ten weeks of subscription and special concerts, Chicago community events and four weeks of national and international tours.

Muti’s programming for the 2022-2023 season will include the world premiere of an OSC-commissioned work by Mead Composer in Residence Jessie montgomery and Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis” with the Chicago Symphony Chorus and a list of international artists.

Additionally, Muti will lead the CSO for their tour of Asia, visiting Taiwan, China and Japan, which is slated for January 2023.

In his tenure so far, Muti has been involved in the creation of new artistic positions at CSO, including the role of creative consultant which was occupied by the cellist. Yo-yo mom and the Artist in residence position, currently owned by violinist Hilary Hahn.

Muti made his CSO debut in 1973 at Ravinia feast. After more than 34 years of hiatus, Muti led the CSO in 2007 in a month-long residency that included subscription concerts and a European tour involving the CSO’s first appearance in Italy in over 25 years.

He appeared on several occasions with CSO as Music Director-Designate in 2009 and his official debut as Director in 2010 saw him lead the symphony in a concert that drew 25,000 people at the Pritzker Pavilion at the Millennium. Chicago Park.

“On behalf of the Association’s Board of Directors, it gives me great pleasure to share this exciting news today,†said Helen Zell, president of the board of directors of the association of CSOs. “The unique artistry of Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is recognized as something truly exceptional not only in Chicago, but also around the world. ”

“After such a difficult time without the ability to connect with the joy of live music, we are grateful that Maestro Muti has accepted our invitation to stay with us to make music that lifts our spirits and inspires us,†said added Zell.

“I can’t wait to be in Chicago again with the musicians to bring the music back to the city,†Muti said. “I am very proud of the musicians of this great orchestra and happy to remain as Music Director to continue our great artistic collaboration and to work with our administrators, volunteers and administration to make music an important part of our community and a glimmer of hope. around the world.”

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