By Ken Trainor
Symphony of OP-RF Musical Director Jay Friedman couldn't have been more pleased about the symphony's performance of the Beethoven's Ninth at Concordia University, Jan. 18 —that is, until Riccardo Muti, musicial director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra came backstage to congratulate everyone on the performance. The Maestro described it as "a very impressive concert."
"He said that Beethoven Ninth requires an incredible amount of work to prepare by the orchestra and chorus," according to Friedman. "Maestro Muti has taken an interest in the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest as he has led the orchestra in open rehearsals for the past two years."
As he left, Friedman said, he mentioned that they need to set a date for another open rehearsal with the orchestra this fall.
"A collection of letters of appreciation and respect was given to the Maestro this past Sunday for the time he spent with orchestra in these rehearsals," said Friedman. "He sent a lovely handwritten note back saying how touched he was by the orchestra's thoughtfulness."
Attendance for the Beethoven Ninth concert was approximately 600.
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