CAMA Kicks Off

By Richard Mineards   |   February 7, 2023
Riccardo Muti at the helm of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (photo by Todd Rosenberg)

CAMA’s first concert of the New Year and its 104th season at the Granada was an absolute cracker!

Chicago’s 132-year-old symphony under renowned Italian maestro Ricardo Muti, which first visited our Eden by the Beach at the Arlington 58 years ago, was in rare form with not a single seat available in the 1,553-capacity auditorium.

The Illinois musicians also visited in 1987 under conductor Sir Georg Solti, who led 999 concerts under his baton, and were back again in 2017 for a third appearance.

Muti, 81, a two-time Grammy Award winner and regular guest conductor with the Vienna and Berlin philharmonics, was at the top of his game with two works by Beethoven launching the concert – “Coriolan Overture Op. 62” and “Symphony No.8 in F Major, Op. 93” – and “The Enchanted Lake” by Lyadov and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures from an Exhibition” completing the hugely satisfying performance followed by a post-concert bash for major donors at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, a tiara’s toss down State Street.

The musicians from the Windy City blew us away!


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