Muti Conducts the Mozart Requiem

Feb 23

8:00 PM

Schuman, Mozart

Saturday, February 23, 2019

“Triumphant… full of power and drama” claimed the Chicago Sun-Times when Riccardo Muti last led the Orchestra and Chorus in Mozart’s Requiem. Experience the composer's magnificent final masterpiece as part of a season-long reflection on peace. The first CSO performance of American composer William Schuman’s Ninth Symphony, which was inspired by one of Italy’s most significant World War II memorial sites, opens the concert.

Special preconcert conversation Thursday, February 21 at 6:15 p.m. on Armour Stage with Federico Rampini, US bureau chief of La Repubblica, and Anthony Cardoza, Professor of History at Loyola University. Special content related to Le fosse Ardeatine is presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy and Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago.

Limited RUSH seating is available. Please call the Box Office at 312-294-3000 for details.

Approximate concert duration: 112 minutes including intermission

Program

Schuman Symphony No. 9 (Le fosse Ardeatine)
Mozart Requiem

Preconcert conversation with Carl Grapentine
30 minute run-time

Friday, February 22, 12:15-12:45 Armour Stage
Saturday, February 23, 6:45-7:15 Armour Stage

Additional Dates for this Program

In the Second World War, there had been even worse massacres, of course, considering the sheer number of casualties. There was the Holocaust, above all. And yet, the Fosse Ardeatine mass killing, carried out in Rome on March 24, 1944, commands special attention. It stands out not only for the cruel execution of so many innocent victims — mostly civilians, some of them very young — but also because there is something mysterious and inexplicable surrounding its details, even if we attempt to assume as our standpoint the evil rationality of the killers. It was not an act of war. It was pure terrorism. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

Sponsors

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Official Airline of the CSO

These concerts are made possible with the generous sponsorship of Josef and Margot Lakonishok.

The appearance of the Chicago Symphony Chorus is made possible by a generous gift from Jim and Kay Mabie.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.