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    Default Chicago SO next Music Director

    posted on a "rival board" mere minutes ago, and sourced through an Associated Press story... The next Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be---

    Riccardo Muti.

    This ought to lead to some lively conversation.

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    i hope he leaves them alone and just lets them play. philly was not weak at all w/muti conducting, but i still prefer their older, 'philly' sound.

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    He runs around more than the road runner. Honestly, he needs to stay put.

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    Hmm... I wonder if he'll keep the lean sound of his Philadelphia work with the CSO. I liked Solti's work a lot, so it'll be interesting to see what Muti brings to the table.
    Take a look at the Bandit's blog, Americana Avenue.

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    As big a fan of the CSO as I am I never had an opportunity to attend a concert conducted by Barenboim or Haitink for that matter. The last CSO concert I was able to attend was conducted by Miguel Harth-Bedoya nearly two years ago. I enjoy his conducting but he has not yet achieved the aclaim of the above named. Maybe I will be able to attend a performance led by Muti.

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    This topic was on my mind recently, as I have a friend in the Chicagoland area (as it's referred to locally) who has promised to send me some printed matter and press-clippings on Muti & Chicago.

    My own thought, or more accurately, hope, is that this is a different Muti that the cocksure 39-year-old deconstructionist of "The Philadelphia Sound" that ascended the podium in the wake of Eugene Ormandy's retirement three decades ago.

    Another thought is that since Muti has been a Music Director in America before, his eyes are wide-open in terms of how the fundraising game is played here. It's said that this, as much as any other factor, is what led to Barenboim choosing to move on.

    Also, in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 110-year history, this is the CSO's first Chief Conductor of Italian extraction (let alone birth). There have been (among others) two of German birth, two Hungarian-born conductors, and (improbably) two Dutchmen. Much has been made about Dudamel in LA and the potential to energize the Latino population to the Classics. On volume alone, it's not a parallel situation, but perhaps some of the (still not insignificant number of) people of Italian-ethnicity in the region can find something simpatico in Muti's tenure.

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    Unhappy And, as quickly as the enterprise began...

    ... it has been put on hold, as Muti cancelled his attendance at the Opening-Night-Gala, AND his remaining autumn engagements, and has repaired to Milan for a consultation with his personal physician followed by a course of action to address what's officially being described as "extreme gastric distress."

    My kit of press clippings arrived- and great hopes were attached to Muti's arrival here. I don't think I can attribute the positive press, the warm reception for his recent CSO recording of the Verdi Requiem, and the glowing reviews of the Millennium Park concert simply to hometown boosterism. Kubelik, and (to a lesser extent, Baremboim) can attest to the fact that this can go the other way.

    In his absence, schedules are being revised, with the assistance from no conductor quite so much as the 85-year-old Pierre Boulez.

    Of course, we all hope that the situation, and Maestro Muti's health, clarifies and improves going forward.

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