Chicago Celebrates it's New Maestro Riccardo Muti at Festa Muti and a Free "Concert for Chicago."

Let the Music Begin.

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Don't get confused if you are driving or walking down South Michigan Avenue in the vicinity of Orchestra Hall when you see banners flying high above on light poles proclaiming this section of Michigan Avenue to be the MUTI MILE.  It is just the Windy City's way of opening their arms to the new world-renowned music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti.

In a special meeting on September 8, 2010, The Chicago City Council passed a resolution, introduced by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendon Reilly, designating September 19-October 17, 2010, as Festa Muti in Chicago. During that time, South Michigan Avenue from Washington to Jackson will be known as the Muti Mile, and banners will fly on light poles touting the temporary renaming.

Concert for Chicago.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra launches Festa Muti, a celebration of Maestro Muti's inaugural month at the artistic helm of the CSO, with a free "Concert for Chicago" on Sunday, September 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Both pavilion and lawn seating are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program features Verdi's Overture to La forza del destino, Liszt's symphonic poem Les préludes, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and Respighi's towering Pines of Rome.

As noted in the resolution, Maestro Muti will begin his first season with the CSO at Symphony Center on September 23 by pairing Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique with its companion piece, Lélio, featuring Gérard Depardieu as narrator, and will lead concert performances of Verdi's Otello in Chicago this season.

A musical force in Chicago and around the world, the CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA has been consistently hailed as one of the finest international orchestras since its founding in 1891.

For more information about the CSO, visit cso.org.

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