Muti, Chen & Mozart Gran Partita

This week, Riccardo Muti conducts Mozart’s Serenade No. 10 (Gran Partita), highlighting a dozen members of the orchestra’s wind section. Opening the program is Cimarosa’s Overture to Il matrimonio segreto. In between, Concertmaster Robert Chen joins in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.

Muti Conducts Beethoven

Riccardo Muti conducts three of Beethoven’s works, beginning with his Coriolan Overture and followed by his eighth and fifth symphonies. Plus, the CSO Brass performs Barber’s Mutations from Bach, selections from Bach’s The Art of Fugue and Michael Tilson Thomas’s Street Song.

CSO Names Klaus Mäkelä as Music Director

The new music director designate is just 28 years old. He’ll be the youngest in orchestra history when he takes the baton.

Italy marks 80th anniversary of WWII-era massacre in Rome with a concert honoring the dead

Riccardo Muti conducted the Italian premiere of William Schuman’s Ninth Symphony, which the composer wrote after visiting the site of a 1944 massacre in Rome.

Esa-Pekka Salonen to leave San Francisco Symphony, citing dispute with orchestra’s board

“I do not share the same goals for the future of the institution as the board of governors does,” Salonen said in a statement.

CSO Announces 2024–25 Season and New Artist-In-Residence

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has announced its 2024–2025 season, a full year of concerts in its mainstage subscription series, as well as chamber, solo, family, and other programming.

Follow Live: Grammy 2024 Winners

Follow live on Sunday, February 4, as music’s biggest awards are given out!

CSO Cellist David Sanders to retire after nearly 50 years

Sanders was the last active member of the legendary Frank Miller-helmed CSO cello section.

Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

Plus the overture to Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims.

Muti, Glass & Mendelssohn

Join Riccardo Muti and the CSO for a sensuous journey to Italy.

Grammy 2024 Nominees Announced

Peruse the hopefuls for classical, jazz, soundtrack, and more!

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Muti & Fischer

Julia Fischer performs Robert Schumann’s Violin Concerto.

Muti, Chen & Mozart Gran Partita

Plus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major.

Muti Conducts Beethoven & Price

The program begins with Beethoven’s Overture to Egmont and Fourth Symphony, followed by Still’s Mother and Child and Price’s Third Symphony.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians get 3% annual raises in 3-year labor contract

Music director emeritus for life Riccardo Muti will lead the CSO season-opening concert September 21 at Orchestra Hall.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, musicians union agree to 3-year contract

CSO musicians struck for two days in September 2012 and for seven weeks March and April of 2019.

Contemporary American Composers

This week features pieces from a newly released recording from the CSO Resound label. Riccardo Muti conducts the broadcast.

Muti ends 13 seasons with Chicago Symphony Orchestra with praise and honors — and Beethoven

“I belong to another period of making music, of approaching the scores, of asking for a lot of time for rehearsals, especially in opera.”

Live from Millennium Park: CSO Concert for Chicago

Celebrate Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti’s remarkable tenure with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at this free concert in Millennium Park.

Muti Conducts Mozart & Prokofiev

We celebrate Riccardo Muti’s 13th and culminating season as the CSO’s tenth music director.

Riccardo Muti becomes Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s music director emeritus for life

The announcement was made on the stage of Orchestra Hall on Friday night after a performance of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemnis,” the start of Muti’s final subscription weekend as music director.

Muti Conducts Beethoven and Glass

Featuring Mitsuko Uchida.

Muti Conducts Montgomery & Beethoven

Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the world premiere of Hymn for Everyone by CSO Composer-in-Residence Jessie Montgomery.

CSO 2023-24 Season Announced: Myriad Guest Conductors as Muti Era Closes

The season will be the first following the departure of Riccardo Muti as music director. But the maestro will be close at hand as he continues his association with the CSO.

Muti’s legacy: respect composers, reject revisionists

“In 20 to 30 years, when everything will collapse, you will say maybe Muti was right,” the 80-year-old Italian conductor said.

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