Music Director Riccardo Muti, continuing the great Italian operatic conducting tradition, leads the combined forces of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in concerts celebrating Verdi’s 200th birthday.
The Verdi Requiem that was streamed live on October 10 is now available to view on demand at:
“The greatest Verdi conductor of our time was on fire, and so were the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.”
– Chicago Tribune
As of Monday morning, October 14, the webcast of Verdi’s Requiem Mass, performed by CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Chorus, and soprano Tatiana Serjan, mezzo-soprano Daniela Barcellona, tenor Mario Zeffiri, and bass Ildar Abdrazakov had been heard by more than 61,000 people around the world. More than 22,000 of those viewers watched live via CSO.org/Verdi on Thursday night. In Chicago, more than 6,000 people total heard the performance at Symphony Center, or at two locations where the concert was simulcast: Millennium Park and Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen.
The concert was streamed live around the world on 40 websites, in more than 12 countries including Italy, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, the UK, Sweden, Austria, Canada and Taiwan, as well as on the CSO’s Facebook page. The webcast – a first for the CSO – will remain online at CSO.org/Verdi
for on-demand viewing for one year.
“We are at thrilled with the results of this project,”
commented CSO President Deborah F. Rutter. “To bring this beautiful webcast to people around the world, at no charge to them, is part of Maestro Muti’s goal to share classical music as broadly as possible. The response has been unanimously positive. We have proven that the nature of social media lends itself beautifully to a webcast like this; to have our network of fans of our great Orchestra share our music with their friends is extremely gratifying. This was such a special night in so many ways, and I’m proud of our Orchestra, Chorus, and of course, our Music Director, as well as the team that produced and promoted the webcast itself.”