From Italy, Muti looks to reopen US classical music scene

RAVENNA, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti has sent a resounding message that live classical music has returned the Italian stage after the coronavirus lockdown. He conducted the inaugural concert of the summer festival in his adopted home of Ravenna. The town plans a full festival program in outdoor venues and with distanced musicians. The renowned 78-year-old conductor said the coronavirus …

Muti to conduct classical music’s return to Italian stage

SOAVE, Italy (AP) — Riccardo Muti will conduct a youth orchestra in an open-air concert launching the annual Ravenna Festival next month in what organizers billed Friday as Italy’s first live classical music performance since its strict lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Italian government is permitting concerts and other live performances to begin on June 15, a …

WFMT, CSO Announce Extension of Joint Series ‘From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice’

Today, WFMT is pleased to announce the extension of its collaborative series with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: From the CSO’s Archives: Maestro’s Choice — For All Music Lovers in These Difficult Times. The joint series, which is curated by CSO music director Riccardo Muti, launched in April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the first slate of programs running …

CSO Cancels Remainder of 2019-20 Season

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has canceled the remainder of its 2019-20 season in an effort to further curb the spread of COVID-19, a release announced this afternoon. The announcement comes following the COVID-related cancellations of seasons by two other institutions of Chicago classical music — Ravinia Festival (which serves as the summer home for the CSO) and the Grant Park …

CSO to Premiere Video of Beethoven’s 9th for Facebook Streaming

This Sunday, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will host a Facebook premiere for a video recording of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 from its archives, in part because it is “widely recognized as one of music’s most powerful and inspiring works.”