In a sign of hope and to celebrate the joy of making music together, Riccardo Muti will lead two free streaming concerts with the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra at Ravenna’s Teatro Comunale Alighieri on Nov. 22 and 29, at 11 a.m. (Central European Time). The concerts, which conclude the 31st edition of the Ravenna Festival, will be streamed at ravennafestival.live and will remain available for free, on-demand streaming for 15 days.

The concerts are a result of a special collaboration between the Ravenna Festival, Riccardo Muti Music and Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra Foundation, with special support from the Foundation of the Savings Bank of Ravenna.

The Nov. 22 program under Muti, Zell Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, features the music of Schubert and includes his Symphony No. 3 and the Unfinished Symphony. The all-Italian program for Nov. 29 consists of Martucci’s Notturno, Puccini’s Preludio sinfonico and overtures from Verdi’s operas Nabucco, La forza del destino and I vespri siciliani, as well as an excerpt from Macbeth.

Riccardo Muti conducts the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra at the Teatro Comunale Alighieri as part of the Ravenna Festival. He will lead the ensemble in two free streams this month. | Photo: ©Zani Casadio

The Nov. 22 and 29 concerts are an extension of an extraordinary series of 2020 performances by Muti and the young musicians of the Cherubini Orchestra, which began in June with Italy’s first live music performances after the strict lockdowns necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the opening concert of the Ravenna Festival, this program took place at the Rocca Brancaleone, the historic 15th-century fortress, built in 1457, and was followed several weeks later by the annual Roads of Friendship concerts for Muti and the Cherubini Orchestra at the Paestum archeological site in southern Italy; additional concerts throughout Italy have represented a commitment to cultural life throughout the pandemic.

More information is available at ravennafestival.live and riccardomutimusic.com.

TOP: Riccardo Muti leads the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra at the 2020 Ravenna Festival. | Photo: ©Zani Casadio