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CSO Unveils First Muti Season Line-up

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The incoming music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra today gave hints of where he’s taking the institution.

Conductor Riccardo Muti is best known for running Italy’s LaScala. Here in Chicago, he outlined his musical vision for the CSO. It includes world premieres, rarely heard works and music from around the world.

MUTI: Now is time that music is not only a celebration of great musicians in the orchestra and the maestro on the podium.

He says the ceremony that’s built into classical music is important.

MUTI: But we have to do something for the city, the community of Chicago.

That includes more civic outreach like conducting an open rehearsal in Pilsen and a free concert in Millennium Park.

The CSO is banking on Muti being a big draw, despite the recession. The president of the organization says it’s been hard to get tickets to his previous guest appearances.

UNFILTERED: Richard Muti discusses new plans.

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