Ahead of the start of the 2019-20 season for your Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti returned to another Windy City institution: historic Wrigley Field, where he threw out the first pitch of the Sept. 17 game between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds.
Although the Cubs lost 4-2, the night did make history. Reds pitcher Sonny Gray broke a record by MLB great Nolan Ryan by scoring his 32nd consecutive start with six hits or fewer. “To be mentioned in the same sentence as one of the most competitive people who have played this game, it’s crazy,” Gray said to MLB.com. “I don’t know what I think about it, to be honest with you. You might have to ask me tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Muti begins his 10th season as CSO music director with concerts this week. And in the spirit of Cubs icon Ernie Banks (“Let’s Play Two!), Muti and the CSO will open the 2019-20 year with two concerts Sept. 19-20 featuring Mendelssohn’s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Overture, Scriabin’s Rêverie, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 and Grieg’s Piano Concerto with Leif One Andsnes. To paraphrase Mr. Cub, this week will bring “a great day for an orchestral performance.”
For more information about the season-opening concerts, click here.