Riccardo Muti, 'a prisoner' in Italy, on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the coronavirus pandemic: 'We need to save the orchestra'
In mid-August, Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti conducted the Vienna Philharmonic in three performances of a monumental work: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, complete with vocal soloists and chorus.The orchestra members wore masks as they entered the stage but removed them when seated, the players taking their usual positions. Choristers were separated from orchestra by plastic glass, but when it came time for them to sing, they stood up en masse and thundered the “Ode to Joy.”Nearly 4,000 people attended those Salzburg Festival concerts.With the coronavirus pandemic still r...
Review: Metallica, San Francisco Symphony strike gold again on 'S&M2'
There was never a moment of doubt that we were watching history being made back on Sept. 6, 2019, as Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony once again combined forces — after a 20-year wait — on opening night of the Golden State Warrior’s new Chase Center in San Francisco.It was dubbed “S&M2,” the follow-up to the first “S&M” collaboration between these two greatly beloved music institutions that occurred back in 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre, and it was truly something to behold. The production, which was repeated at Chase on Sept. 8 as well, featured a cast of some 80 players onst...
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