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An all-new, two-part broadcast interview with Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, aired Jan. 26 and will conclude Feb. 2 as part of “The Arts Section” on WDCB-FM. Veteran journalist and music critic Dennis Polkow conducted the interview.

Muti and the CSO have just returned from a triumphant European tour with stops in Cologne, Luxembourg, Paris and Lugano, as well as three concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna. The Italian leg of the tour included San Carlo, the opera house of Muti’s hometown of Naples, and Florence, where Muti began his conducting career over 50 years ago as music director of Maggio Musicale. The tour also included a concert at La Scala, Milan’s legendary opera house, which Muti led for nearly 20 seasons.

Returning to Symphony Center, Muti will lead the CSO in concert performances on Feb. 6-8 of Mascagni’s one-act Cavalleria rusticana with Georgian mezzo soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Santuzza, Italian tenor Piero Pretti as Turridu, Italian baritone Luca Salsa as Alfio, American mezzo-soprano Ronnita Miller as Lucia, American mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as Lola and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Muti discusses his long history with the verismo masterpiece 0n the WDCB broadcast and previews these performances. (For ticket information, please click here.)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 2020-2021 season, announced Jan. 28, will be Muti’s 11th and his penultimate season as music director. The maestro reflects on his decision to step down at the end of 2021-2022 and previews the 2020-21 season with repertoire highlights on the WDCB broadcast (see separate 2020-2021 season announcement here).

Part 1 of the broadcast aired Jan. 26 and Part 2 airs at 8 a.m. Feb. 2 on WDCB-FM (90.9, Glen Ellyn/90.7, West Loop) or streaming at The complete broadcast  is available on SoundCloud; see the link below.

The broadcast was engineered by Eric Arunas and produced by Steve Robinson for New Media Productions.

TOP: Riccardo Muti with broadcast journalist and critic Dennis Polkow. | ©Todd Rosenberg Photography