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  • On April 6, 2009, an earthquake struck in the Abruzzo region of Italy, killing 300 and leaving 1,100 injured and 65,000 homeless or displaced. In addition to the historic capital L'Aquila, the devastation affected 48 other towns and cities, among them Santo Stefano di Sessanio, voted by the Association di Comuni one of Italy's loveliest towns.
  • This op-ed began with conductor Muti and will end with him. Two nights after their appearance in Rome the Chicago Symphony performed at the historic San Carlo Theater in Naples. Once again turning to the audience after the symphony's last notes rang out, the director Riccado Muti confided, "I first came to this theater at age fifteen in a rented tux--it was obligatory to wear one. The trousers were too long, and I tripped on the steps. But I made it. So can you. Do not to wait for the government to act for you--act for yourselves."
  • Art & Culture
    Julian Sachs(April 27, 2011)
    With the spring season heading to its conclusion, two of the greatest conductors alive, James Levine and Riccardo Muti, led their orchestras to success during an intense week of musical events at Carnegie Hall
  • The era of Riccardo Muti at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra officially began on Thursday, February 25 at Orchestra Hall’s intimate Grainger Ballroom where the Maestro held a press conference before an enthusiastic audience of journalists, donors, and representatives from Chicago’s most important cultural institutions, including Director Tina Cervone of the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago
  • Our second immersion in what's Italian in the New York classical music scene. The Met announces its new season while Muti debuts with Verdi's Attila. The DiCapo Opera Theatre presents a new work, while March promises plenty of Italian repertoire
  • Riccardo Muti led a free concert in L'Aquila for survivors of the earthquake. The conductor, between engagements in Salzburg and Chicago, directed an all-Abruzzese scratch orchestra and chorus of three hundred, including students from the famed conservatory here, itself severely damaged