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Muti and the CSO at Millennium Park

Release January 18, 2011

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Length: 03:44



On September 19, 2010, the city of Chicago joined the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for a momentous celebration. A crowd of 12,000 Chicagoans filled the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, with an additional 13,000 throughout Millennium Park, to welcome Riccardo Muti on what Mayor Richard M. Daley declared “Riccardo Muti Day.”

Festa Muti buttons were pinned to jackets and Muti flags were waved in the air. Nearby skyscrapers spelled out “CSO” and “MUTI” in lights. After a performance in which “Muti was in superb form, and the orchestra played its collective heart out for him” (Chicago Tribune), a surprise fireworks display lit up the sky. The maestro said in his closing remarks: “Stay close, be very proud of your orchestra. Music directors come and go. . . but the glory of the orchestra is your future. And as wonderful as music is in the fresh air, it is even better in the concert hall.”

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Bio - Riccardo Muti

World-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti was appointed to become the tenth music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in May 2008. Maestro Muti begins a five-year contract as music director in September of the 2010/11 season. Read more >