Congratulations to Music Director Riccardo Muti on the occasion of his 74th birthday on July 28, 2015.
Since his first concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival in 1973, to the present day starting his sixth season as Music Director, working with Maestro Muti continues to be a incredible musical adventure. We are extremely grateful that Maestro has chosen to spend his precious time in Chicago. During that time, the CSO has entered a Golden Age of musicianship and international acclaim.
The cultural life of the city of Chicago has grown under Maestro Muti's brilliant leadership. From annual free community concerts all across the city, to making music with the young people in juvenile detention centers, Maestro Muti and musicians from the CSO are bringing great music to the people of Chicago. When the CSO travels internationally with the Maestro, the City of Chicago earns respect and admiration from music-lovers all over the world.
All who know the Maestro envy his energy and stamina. In fact, no one will be surprised to learn that Maestro Muti will be traveling to Orviedo, Spain on his birthday to conduct a concert there. We wish he would tell us where he discovered the Fountain of Youth!
Happy Birthday, Maestro!
With admiration and affection from the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra