Tune in Friday, Jan. 30, as WFMT-FM (98.7) celebrates Riccardo Muti Day, a 24-hour tribute to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s charismatic music director, curated in part by Muti himself. The salute coincides with the CSO’s three-day tour to Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Recordings of Muti’s performances and of his influences will air throughout the day, including segments from the 2014 Birgit Nilsson Prize concert that have not been heard previously on North American radio. The tribute also will feature clips from Muti’s many WFMT interviews. The day will culminate in a live broadcast of the CSO from Carnegie Hall, beginning at 7 p.m. (Chicago time), at which Muti will conduct works by Mendelssohn, Debussy and Scriabin.
Also, ahead of Muti Day, WFMT will present a Muti interview not heard since 1983. This segment, hosted by Kerry Frumkin, will air on Jan. 23, beginning at 8 p.m.
PHOTO: Todd Rosenberg Photography 2014