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CONFIRMED: La Scala's Next Post-Barenboim Conductor Will Be…Riccardo Chailly >>

There will be cheers and champagne today, after confirmation that Chailly will, in fact, take over in Milan come 2015.

Riccardo Muti to Conduct the 2013 Nobel Prize Concert in Stockholm >>

Riccardo Muti will conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in a program of Verdi, Martucci and Respighi at the Nobel Prize Concert on December 8.

Daniel Barenboim to Desert La Scala Post Come 2015 >>

Well, this might be the least surprising news story of the week. As Italian newspapers report, variously, that Riccardo Chailly or Fabio Luisi will be taking over at La Scala, Daniel Barenboim has announced that he will be leaving Italy's preeminent opera house early. He will now be stepping down at the start of 2015.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Under Riccardo Muti, Announces Record-Breaking Fiscal Year >>

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) recently announced its third consecutive year of record-breaking fundraising, with ticket sales at an all-time high for the 2013 fiscal year.

Sonia Marie De León de Vega Bringing Classical Music to L.A. Latinos, One Family at a Time >>

Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega takes the stage. She's greeted with enthusiastic applause from an audience of families with young children, teenagers and young adults. About 80 percent of the audience members are Latino. The unusual demographics of this concert, presented by the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Los Angeles last season, are the result De León de Vega's tireless effort and advocacy.

UPDATE: La Scala's Post-Barenboim Conductor is…Fabio Luisi? >>

UPDATE: Now, Italy's La Reppublica is reporting that Genoese maestro Fabio Luisi--principal conductor of the Met since September 2011 (i.e. from whence James Levine withdrew)--may very well be the preferred candidate. Call it "commedia dell'errori."

And La Scala's New, Post-Barenboim Conductor is…Riccardo Chailly! >>

If the mounties are known for always getting their man, the same is often decidedly untrue in the murky world of opera house politics. But at La Scala, Italy's premiere house, they have pulled one heck of a triumph out of the hat and, reports Italy's influential Corriere della Sera (no official announcement from Milan yet), persuaded Riccardo Chailly to take up the mantle when Daniel Barenboim leaves.

UPDATE: Stream Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti's Verdi Bicentennial Concert >>

UPDATE: The concert is streaming live at and on the CSO's Facebook page.

Veni, Vidi, Verdi: Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti Celebrate the Composer's Bicentennial >>

This season of notable composer anniversaries continues with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tribute to Verdi's 200th anniversary over the next four weeks, starting with their season-opening concert at Symphony Center on Thursday.

Five Freebies: Muti's Verdi, 'Noye's Fludde,' Beethoven, David Aaron Carpenter, Domingo's Verdi

Five Freebies: Muti's Verdi, 'Noye's Fludde,' Beethoven, David Aaron Carpenter, Domingo's Verdi >>

It's always nice to get something for nothing, especially something as enriching as great music. And outreach projects increasingly mean that there are amazing freebies to be had. We've collated five of the best current and upcoming offers for you.

WATCH: Riccardo Muti Leads Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Blackhawks' "Chelsea Dagger" >>

The Chicago Blackhawks take on the Boston Bruins, in Chicago for Game 5, this Saturday at 8 p.m.

Alexander Pereira

Alexander Pereira, La Scala's New Austrian Manager, Seeking Italian Conductor >>

In an interview with Kurier published Thursday, Alexander Pereira, the manager designate of fabled Italian opera house La Scala, said he is hoping to hire an Italian music director.

Riccardo Muti

Chicago Symphony's Riccardo Muti Fires Back at The New York Times' Sunday Book Review >>

The man who turned down the New York Philharmonic, over a decade ago now, offers his riposte to a trio of book reviews penned by Rachel Shteir.

Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album - Verdi, 'La Traviata' Prelude (15x50) >>

Going track-by-track, in 50 words or less, through all 15 of E.L. James' favorite classical music. Today...Verdi, 'La Traviata' Prelude (15x50).

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