Ahead of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s first stop on its 2017 fall tour, several publications previewed the event.
In the Orange County Register, Paul Hodgins wrote: “Chicago’s hometown orchestra, founded in 1891, has long been considered one of the world’s best in large part because of the musical vision, tastes and strong personalities of the men who have led it. [Riccardo] Muti’s predecessors in the role of music director include some of the giants of the 20th-century conducting world: Artur Rodziński, Fritz Reiner, Sir George Solti, Daniel Barenboim. Frequently recorded through the years, the Chicago Symphony was known in the mid- and late 20th century for its warm, robust sonic quality.”
Speaking with the Kansas City Star, Riccardo Muti, music director of the CSO, recalled that when he returned in 2015 after a 30-year absence, the metropolis made an even greater impression. “I was looking forward to playing again in Kansas City because my first experience [in 1986 with the Philadelphia Orchestra] was so wonderful,” he said. “My experience with the Chicago Symphony was even more warm. Your new hall [Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts] and the audience were so musical. … The atmosphere was like a big European hall. Once again, I felt at home.”
TOP: Riccardo Muti slashes the air with his baton as the CSO performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 at Helzberg Hall in 2015. | © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2015