May 5, 2008

Gone with the wind

"Dear Friends,

It is my extreme pleasure to share with you some very exciting news!

We have just announced the appointment of Riccardo Muti—one of the most extraordinary and respected conductors of all time—to the position of music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His unparalleled musicianship, steadfast commitment to the highest level of music making, and dedication to preserving the rich history of the CSO while continuing to propel the organization into the future perfectly complement the world-class stature of our Orchestra and its musicians. He will begin his tenure in September 2010.

Our goal was to bring the best musical leader to Chicago, an extraordinary musician that would match the international profile of our Orchestra, and we have found this in Maestro Muti. I would like to thank all of you for your support, advice, guidance and input throughout the search. Your enthusiasm and passion for our great Orchestra inspired us all. I know that Maestro Muti looks forward to getting to know our wonderful city and community.

Most sincerely,
Deborah Rutter Card
President, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association"

Read the entire announcement there or the pieces from the NY Times here and there.
The candidates the CSO considered besides Muti were Riccardo Chailly, Antonio Pappano, David Robertson, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Very exciting news for Chicago of course, not so exciting for me, as it means Europe will see and hear even less of Riccardo Muti...

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