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Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti, conductor
Stephen Williamson, clarinet
Donna L. Kendall Classical Series
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
MOZART: Clarinet Concerto
SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 2
The multi-Grammy Award-winning Chicago Symphony Orchestra makes its first Orange County appearance in five years under the baton of music director Riccardo Muti to open the Philharmonic Society's 2017-18 season. This performance features principal clarinetist Stephen Williamson in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto and also includes Schubert's Symphony No. 8 and Schumann's Symphony No. 2.
Named 2010 Musician of the Year by Musical America, Riccardo Muti has enjoyed an extraordinary career. He first came to international attention in 1967, when he was unanimously awarded first place at the Guido Cantelli Competition for conductors in Milan. Since then, he has served as music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as music director of the Teatro alla Scala. His numerous accolades include France’s Officer of the Legion of Honor, Russia’s Order of Friendship, the Birgit Nilsson Prize, and Spain's prestigious Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts. In May 2012, he was awarded the highest Papal honor: he was made a Knight of the Grand Cross of the First Class of the Order of St. Gregory the Great by Pope Benedict XVI.