Maestro Muti Returns!
Riccardo Muti, the esteemed conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, will come to our rehearsal on Wednesday, September 24. He will take us through "Death and Transfiguration" by Richard Strauss, which is to be played at our concert on September 28.
Last year, he worked with us at a rehearsal of "Les Préludes". It was magical to watch his hands and face as he communicated all of the musical directions without speaking! After the run-through, he asked us to play small sections of the music. He made suggestions on how to play it better. Meanwhile, he had us all smiling and laughing with his charming ways! So, not only did the orchestra learn a lot from the maestro, we enjoyed every minute.
I'll report tomorrow on how things went!