September 18th, 2015 (Millennium Park, Chicago): Every year, since his tenure as CSO Music Director began in 2010, Maestro Riccardo Muti and the CSO has offered a free concert to the entire city, appropriately named, “Concert for Chicago.”
This year’s program, although devoid of the pleasant weather that was present at last year’s concert, comprised of Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. At the end of the concert, Muti made sure to emphasize the importance of the CSO and of classical music, in general, to Chicago.
This theme seems to pervade throughout many of Maestro Muti’s speeches…and rightly so. It was made very evident when he sat down for a conversation with Phillip Huscher (CSO’s Program Annotator) at the Logan Center at UChicago. I’ll post another thought on that talk later, but for now, it’s time to listen to some opera—I’ll turn on some Placido Domingo (who’s also coming to Chicago in January!!!).