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Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Riccardo Muti Covers Beethoven In January At The Symphony Center

By O'Jay Burgess on Dec 15, 2012 03:56 PM EST

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be back working with their masterful conductor Riccardo Muti come Jan.10 as the Italian leads the historic ensemble through the works of Ludwig van Beethoven at the Symphony Center.

The Chicago based outfit will conduct a series of Beethoven concerts running on Jan. 10, Jan. 12 and then performing a final show on Jan. 15.

Muti and the CSO will on the nights be joined by solo pianist Radu Lupu, the group will take on Beethoven's "Leonore Overture No. 3," as well as the German's "Piano Concerto No. 1" and closing proceedings with his "Symphony No. 3 (Eroica)."

According to the CSO, "Radu Lupu is firmly established as one of the most important musicians of his generation and is widely acknowledged as a leading interpreter of the works of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert."

Lupu has firm connections with many European ensembles such as the Vienna Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Muti is coming off a stellar year that saw him claim award after award. The Italian even had time to publish a book that paid homage to composer Giuseppe Verdi.

The conductor picked up the Vittorio De Sica Prize in front of Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Vatican City earlier in the year. The CSO reported the news of Muti's award via their website.

The award was first crafted in 1975 and since its birth the accolade has been given to actors, directors, producers, critics, photographers, composers, musicians, architects, artists, poets and writers.

Among the Italian's other noteworthy awards are the Birgit Nilsson Prize which he won in 2011 and the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts he grabbed in the same year.

Beehtoven Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) - Riccardo Muti & Multi-Philadelphia Orchestra

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