WBEZ | cso http://www.wbez.org/tags/cso Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CSO’s Riccardo Muti says he's in good health for the new season http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/cso%E2%80%99s-riccardo-muti-says-hes-good-health-new-season-106594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Muti_130410_LW.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Symphony Orchestra&rsquo;s Music Director, Riccardo Muti, said he&rsquo;s back and in good health after a series of absences.</p><p>The world-renowned conductor greeted his first season at CSO in 2010 with a long absence due to a gastric illness. Then in 2011, Muti fell during a rehearsal and fractured his jaw; he <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wbez.org%2Fstory%2Fculture%2Fart%2Fchicago-symphony-orchestras-muti-gets-pacemaker&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNG_CpEzqUi2u5lIgM8dBd6HxX5Dlw" target="_blank">got a pacemaker</a> shortly after. And Maestro Muti missed shows and rehearsals when he was out with the flu in January. Now he says he&rsquo;s in the clear.</p><p>&ldquo;I still walk, I move my arms, etc. etc,&rdquo; the 71-year old Italian joked during a press conference to announce the new season. &ldquo;The rest, I will not say.&rdquo;</p><p>And he&rsquo;s looking forward to celebrating composer Giuseppe Verdi&rsquo;s 200th birthday in October with a live-streamed show.</p><p>&ldquo;Verdi speaks to us about our defects, our merits, our qualities and our mistakes and our sins, without judging,&rdquo; Muti said.</p><p>The CSO will also perform Verdi in a free concert at Cicero&rsquo;s Morton East High School in September.</p></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/cso%E2%80%99s-riccardo-muti-says-hes-good-health-new-season-106594 Yo-Yo Ma ends his spring CSO residency in style http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/yo-yo-ma-ends-his-spring-cso-residency-style-99064 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/230126283_472506a7b4_z.jpg" style="width: 433px; height: 452px;" title="(Flickr/novon)"><br>Since being named the orchestra’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has been a frequent presence in Chicago. This week alone there have been the <a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=4235">multiple performances with the CSO</a>, open rehearsals and an extended engagement on Monday with students at <a href="http://www.benitojuarez.net/pages/Juarez">Benito Juarez High School</a> in Pilsen.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><p>That last appearance is part of the CSO’s ambitious <a href="http://citizenmusician.org/About">Citizen Musician </a>initiative.<br><br>Formally launched in 2011, it’s an effort to take the orchestra out of the concert hall and into the community – to engage the world in the ideas…themes and power of music.&nbsp;</p><p>Thus far, the Citizen Musician project has taken Ma, the musicians of the CSO and its <a href="http://citizenmusician.org/CitizenMusiciansAndTheirActivities/CitizenMusicians">many partner organizations </a>to destinations like the Thompson Center, Metra stations, Lakeview High School, and the Illinois Youth Prison, among others.<br><br>Yes, the program is, in part, about building audiences, but as Ma sees it, the concept has much more to do with the power of music to move people - and to build bridges between communities of difference.<br><br>In his case, the philsophy of the citizen musician - a musician who is deeply engaged with the world - is one of his driving passions as an artist and a person today. You can see evidence of it not only in his work with the CSO, but in his long-running <a href="http://www.silkroadproject.org/AboutUs/MissionVision/tabid/195/Default.aspx"><em>Silk Road Project</em></a>, his myriad musical collaborations and even in his approach to pop culture.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><br><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/C9jghLeYufQ" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Ma's spring residency with the CSO concluded <a href="http://cso.org/TicketsAndEvents/EventDetails.aspx?eid=4213">Friday with a performance of Haydn's D major Cello Concerto</a>, but the day before, he sat down for an extended chat with <em>The Afternoon Shift's</em> Steve Edwards at Symphony Center.</p><p>It was their first time meeting - and a conversation Steve was looking forward to having.</p><p>"He's dynamic, joyful and as engaging as you hope he'd be - and even funnier than you'd expect," Steve said of their encounter.</p><p>But their conversation was anything but light.&nbsp; They focused on Ma's belief that music and culture can bring real change in an era ripped apart by economics and politics - and why he thinks Chicago is an ideal place from which to begin.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 11 May 2012 14:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/yo-yo-ma-ends-his-spring-cso-residency-style-99064 CSO announces new season full of performances conducted by Riccardo Muti http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/cso-announces-new-season-full-performances-conducted-riccardo-muti <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/press_rmuti_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Symphony Orchestra just announced its new season, and it's full of appearances by its ailing music director.<br /><br />Riccardo Muti is still recovering after fainting during rehearsal and getting a pacemaker. But next season, he'll lead 10 weeks of subscription concerts plus six weeks of touring.<br /><br />Deborah Rutter, president of the CSO Association, said Muti's schedule is carefully paced to give him time to rest and prepare.<br /><br />&quot;I think he would be the first to say, Chicago is where I'm putting all of my energy,&quot;&nbsp;Rutter said. &quot;So we want to be respectful, but it's not as though we're treating him like an invalid, and in fact, he's very strong. Running around the building today, it was great to see so much energy for him.&quot;<br /><br />Next season features a new piano festival, a tribute to composer Gustav Mahler, and the world premieres of three commissioned works. Muti will once again lead a free community concert.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 01:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/cso-announces-new-season-full-performances-conducted-riccardo-muti CSO's Riccardo Muti to undergo surgery http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/csos-riccardo-muti-undergo-surgery <p><p><font size="2">Riccardo Muti,&nbsp;the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's music director, will undergo surgery after falling during rehearsal.</font></p><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">Muti fainted and fell during rehearsal Thursday. The CSO says he sustained multiple facial and jaw fractures. He's scheduled for surgery Monday and will keep undergoing tests to see what caused his collapse.</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">He'll miss several performances, as he did last year, when he fell ill during his inaugural fall season.</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&quot;I think we've had a bad spate of luck here, on the other hand, we need to get more information before we can make any final determinations and he would be the first to say that,&quot; said Deborah&nbsp;Rutter, president of the CSO association.</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">But she says the board and orchestra support him, and are eager to have him back.</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">In the meantime, the CSO has guest conductors in place.</font><font size="2" class="Apple-style-span"><br /></font></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 23:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/csos-riccardo-muti-undergo-surgery