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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director

Visiting Orchestras Series

Hayes Hall

Image of Ricardo Muti, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra on stage during performance
© Todd Rosenberg
Image of members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on stage during performance
Image of Ricardo Muti, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on stage during performance
© Todd Rosenberg
Image of Ricardo Muti, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with members of Chicago Symphony Orchestra on stage during performance
© Todd Rosenberg
Image of Ricardo Muti, conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on stage during performance
© Todd Rosenberg
Feb 13, 8:00pm – Feb 15, 8:00pm
Hayes Hall 8:00pm
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Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director

Visiting Orchestras Series
The world's greatest orchestras on tour


Riccardo Muti, Zell Music Director

Thursday Performance
Prokofiev — Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Prokofiev — Symphony No. 3, “The Fiery Angel”

Saturday Performance
Mendelssohn — Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage
Hindemith — Mathis der Maler
Dvořák — Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is consistently hailed as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. Since 2010, the preeminent conductor Riccardo Muti has served as music director. Yo-Yo Ma is the CSO’s Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant, and Samuel Adams and Elizabeth Ogonek are its Mead Composers-in-Residence. The 2019-20 season continues a three-year residency partnership at Artis—Naples. Each season of the residency will include two orchestra concerts with distinct programs along with master classes and education performances. 

All Visiting Orchestras tickets include same-day admission to the Hayes Hall Galleries. In addition, the doors to Hayes Hall open 60 minutes prior to this performance. Arrive early to enjoy the Hayes Hall Galleries and light fare at the cafe.

Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti


Born in Naples, Italy, Riccardo Muti studied piano at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella under Vincenzo Vitale, graduating with distinction.

In September 2010, he became music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was named Musician of the Year by Musical America. In February 2011, Muti was awarded two Grammys at the 53rd annual awards ceremony for his live recording of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. His recording won the Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance Grammys®.

He first came to the attention of critics and the public in 1967, when he was unanimously awarded the first place by the prestigious jury of the Guido Cantelli competition for conductors in Milan. The following year, he was appointed music director of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, a position he maintained until 1980. In 1971, Muti was invited by Herbert von Karajan to conduct at the Salzburg Festival, the first of many occasions, which led to a celebration of forty years of artistic collaboration with the Austrian festival in 2010. During the 1970s, he was music director of the London Philharmonic, succeeding Otto Klemperer. From 1980 to 1992, he inherited the position of music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from Eugene Ormandy.

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