An all-new interview with Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti will highlight the June 9 broadcast of WDCB FM’s “The Arts Section.” Veteran journalist and Newcity Chicago music critic Dennis Polkow conducts the interview, which is part of an ongoing series of CSO-related features.

Muti discusses the world premiere of James Stephenson’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, written for CSO bass trombone Charles Vernon, and the CSO premiere of Ken Benshoof’s Concerto in Three Movements for Piccolo and Orchestra, performed by CSO piccolo Jennifer Gunn, in CSO concerts June 13-15. The program, which includes works by Vivaldi and Beethoven, also features Muti’s first-ever foray into the music of George Gershwin.

Concert performances of Verdi’s Aida close out the season June 21-25 with an all-star international cast of Bulgarian soprano Krassimira Stoyanova as Aida, Georgian mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris and Italian tenor Francesco Meli as Radamès with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

In the interview, Muti discusses his long performance history with Aida, its musical highlights, the opera’s romantic and cultural conflicts, and its relevance for today.

An abridged version of the broadcast will air at 8 a.m. Sunday, June 9 on 90.9 FM Glen Ellyn/90.7 FM West Loop or streaming at The complete broadcast also can be heard via the SoundCloud link below.

The broadcast was engineered by Eric Arunas and produced by former WFMT-FM general manager Steve Robinson for New Media Productions.

TOP: CSO musicians Jennifer Gunn and Charles Vernon mix it up ahead of their soloist turns June 13-15. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography 2019