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Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Children’s Choir in Verdi’s “Va, pensiero”

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Children’s Choir in a performance of Verdi’s “Va, pensiero,” considered the unofficial national anthem of Italy, for a large crowd on the banks of the Chicago River in Chinatown’s Ping Tom Memorial Park. This performance was the highlight of “Shall We Gather at the River,” a free afternoon of performances and family activities that celebrated the Chicago River and was the culminating event of the CSO’s 2013 RIVERS Festival. The festival examined of the significance of rivers in music, culture and history, as well as their importance for the future of our planet. As a citizen of a city formed by the Chicago River, the CSO is proud to use its musical resources to highlight connections between our natural environment and our cultural heritage. For more information about all of the festival’s performances and events, visit