Muti’s CSO contract extended two years through 2022

Tue Jan 30, 2018 at 10:18 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday morning that Riccardo Muti’s contract as music director has been extended two more years through 2022.

The CSO dropped the news of Muti’s renewal with the simultaneous release of the 2018-19 season announcement.

As in previous seasons, Muti will lead 10 weeks of subscription concerts in addition to three to four weeks of domestic or international tours each season.

“I have a deep respect and affection for the great musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,” said Muti, in a statement released by the orchestra. “Our relationship is growing stronger each year and this is the reason why I have decided to continue for two more seasons.

“I look forward to making more wonderful music with my CSO and sharing it with audiences in the great city of Chicago and around the world.  I also look forward to continuing to tour and record with the Orchestra, and to working with the CSOA’s Trustees, volunteers and Administration in the years to come.”

“Maestro Muti continues to achieve ever-greater artistic collaboration with the musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,” said Jeff Alexander, CSOA President. “The concerts they perform together are simply extraordinary. The entire CSOA family expresses our sincere gratitude to Maestro Muti for his artistic leadership and the gift of his continued commitment to the Orchestra, our education and engagement activities and to our community.”

“On behalf of the Association’s Board of Trustees, it gives me great pleasure to share this news today, as we celebrate the unique musical artistry of Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,” enthused Helen Zell, CSO board chair. “Having witnessed the remarkable response from our Chicago audiences and audiences around the world to this Orchestra led by our music director, we are grateful that Maestro Muti has accepted our invitation to stay with us for more exceptional music-making in the years ahead.”

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One Response to “Muti’s CSO contract extended two years through 2022”

  1. Posted Feb 04, 2018 at 12:38 pm by Gerry Ahrens

    Very disappointed in the lack of “Modern” classical, much less living composers. Was nice to get some Adams recently but nada.
    Too much to hope for Mason Bates Violin Concerto again I guess.
    I see Copland on a quick glance.

    Looking forward to your review Lawrence of the CSO 2018/19 season.

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