Responding to government-mandated cancellation of cultural events to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti shared this statement.

“To the Citizens of Chicago, to the wonderful Audience of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and to the Audience of all the cultural institutions in the city:

My thoughts are with you, who, as all of us in Italy and most of Europe, are living through this time without the spiritual food of Culture in general and of Music in particular. I am certain that we will get through this difficult time, and my wish is that all the citizens of Chicago and  our audiences remain optimistic. My thoughts and those of my fellow Italians are with you, remembering that we are all brothers and sisters.”

̶̶ Riccardo Muti