The Chicago Symphony Musicians Will Present a Benefit Concert June 13th for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Conducted by Music Director Riccardo Muti.
The Musicians of the Chicago Symphony will present a benefit concert for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, GCFD, on Monday, June 13th at 8:00PM at the Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Our musicians have always been involved in the community through chamber, educational, and community concerts. This concert, undertaken as an orchestra and conducted by our Music Director Riccardo Muti, will be the first time such a collective effort has been made. Collaborating with the Food Depository, our musicians can offer support in direct ways, by raising funds. This concert will bring attention to two of the most difficult problems our society faces: hunger and malnutrition. The concert is entirely produced by the musicians. All of the proceeds will be donated to the GCFD.
All participants: musicians, stage hands, ushers, will be donating their services for this concert. CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti will also be donating his services. He shares the musicians’ commitment to help those in need, saying "I am very happy to be conducting the first concert of the Chicago Symphony Musicians to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, whose effort to end hunger is so important to our City. As musicians, we strive to provide cultural nourishment and so this joint effort is a reflection of our collective desire to feed the body and soul."
The Studebaker Theater is just two blocks south of Orchestra Hall, within the Fine Arts Building. This location was chosen because of its easy access for audience members, and its 720 seats will give listeners an opportunity to see and hear us in a more intimate setting. The program will begin with the William Tell Overture by Rossini, followed by the Mozart Clarinet Concerto featuring Steve Williamson, soloist, and conclude with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. By offering the use of this venerable hall, The Fine Arts Building has joined with the musicians to support the GCFD. We also thank the Chicago Federation of Musicians for their support and encouragement.
The Greater Chicago Food Depository began its work in 1979 . They support directly, or through over 650 partner organizations, one of every six Cook County residents. Currently they provide approximately 165,000 meals each day, and the proceeds from this concert will help to support this vital mission. We are proud to offer our support!
Tickets for this benefit concert are available through the Studebaker Box Office http://www.studebakertheater.com/tickets/box-office/
Greater Chicago Food Depository Vice President of Fund Development
Jill Zimmerman walks with Riccardo Muti and Steve Lester.
photo by Todd Rosenberg
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti with Greater Chicago Food Depository Vice President of Fund Development Jill Zimmerman, Principal Bass Alex Hanna, Assistant Principal Oboe Michael Henoch, Violinist Susan Synnestvedt,
and Bassists Steven Lester and Rob Kassinger.
photo by Todd Rosenberg
On December 5, 2015, we celebrate Maestro Muti’s 250th concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Scriabin’s Prometheus: Poem of Fire, and Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Eighth Symphony.
Maestro Muti’s musical relationship with the CSO began in 1973, when he made his debut with the Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. His subscription debut followed in March 1975. After a 32-year absence, during which he served as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and as Music Director of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and Teatro alla Scala, Maestro Muti returned to lead the CSO in September 2007 with two weeks of concerts at Orchestra Hall, followed by a highly acclaimed European tour. Maestro Muti became Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in September 2010, starting his tenure with a free concert for the City of Chicago in the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park that was attended by over 25,000 people. Since then, Maestro Muti and the Musicians of the CSO have performed in Chicago and other U.S. cities, as well as in Europe and Mexico. In January 2016, the CSO and Maestro Muti will embark on their first Asian tour together, with concerts scheduled in Taiwan, Japan, China and South Korea. The CSO has flourished with Maestro Muti as Music Director. His message that music has the power to bring peace to the world is one that the musicians of the Orchestra strive to bring to each concert.
We look forward to the next 250 concerts! Bravo, Maestro!