Muti Conducts Beethoven 5 & 8

Jan 13 - Jan 15, 2022
Muti Beethoven 5 & 8


Riccardo Muti returns to lead the CSO in an all-Beethoven program featuring the composer’s Fifth Symphony, which opens with the most famous theme in classical music. Combined with this iconic work are the light and humorous Eighth Symphony and the stormy Coriolan Overture.

Ticket holders are invited to a free preconcert conversation featuring Carl Grapentine in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The conversation will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets required.


Coriolan Overture


Symphony No. 8


Symphony No. 5

Music Director Emeritus for Life

This performance is made possible with the generous sponsorship of Josef and Margot Lakonishok.

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