• Riccardo Muti so impressed composer Carl Orff with his 1980 'Carmina Burana' performance that Orff reworked some tempo and dynamic markings in the score to hew to Muti's interpretation.
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  • This was the first concert in Carnegie Hall's 2012-13 season, and was greeted with relief: little more than a week ago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's musicians were on strike in their home city.
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  • An excited audience poured into the lobby for this performance that opened the Carnegie Hall season.
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  • Orff's cantata calls for an enormous corralling of forces: orchestra, adult chorus, children's chorus and three vocal soloists.
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  • Masses of singers from the Chicago Symphony Chorus were on hand for this hefty cantata, with its 24 medieval texts centered on love, drinking and gambling.
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  • Young singers from the Chicago Children's Choir, directed by Josephine Lee, traveled to New York to take part in this performance.
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  • The gala performance was greeted with rapturous applause before patrons adjourned for a celebratory dinner.
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Hear the opening concert of Carnegie Hall's new season with a gala performance of Carl Orff's lusty, rowdy masterpiece, featuring the CSO and music director Riccardo Muti.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
  • Riccardo Muti, music director and conductor
  • Rosa Feola, soprano
  • Antonio Giovannini, countertenor
  • Audun Iversen, baritone
  • Chicago Symphony Chorus (Duain Wolfe, chorus director)
  • Chicago Children's Choir (Josephine Lee, artistic director)
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