The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has canceled its European tour in the summer of 2021 due to the pandemic. This also has an impact on the program of the Salzburg Festival: the two concerts with Riccardo Muti planned on August 25 and 27 will be canceled without replacement. Muti’s appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic on August 13, 15 and 16 will remain unaffected.
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra could not continue the plans for the European tour due to health and safety concerns as well as possible travel and performance restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said the president of the orchestra, Jeff Alexander. Riccardo Muti is the orchestra’s music director.
Muti will celebrate his 80th birthday and 50th stage anniversary at the Salzburg Festival in summer 2021. On this occasion, Muti will conduct Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis” for the first time in his long conducting career in August when he takes to the stage with the Vienna Philharmonic. Rosa Feola, Alisa Kolosova, Dmitry Korchak, Ildar Abdrazakov and the Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor will sing. (apa)
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