Earlier this week Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, played piano at a recital for more than 60 young men, average age 16, at the Illinois Youth Center, Chicago.
Joyce DiDonato and Eric Owens sang a programme of arias accompanied by Maestro Muti at the piano. CSO musicians Cynthia Yeh (Principal Percussion), Gene Pokorny (Principal Tuba) and Jennifer Gunn (Flute/Piccolo) also performed.
A Todd Rosenberg photograph of the event has just been released (right-click to enlarge it).
Joyce DiDonato sang:
Handel: “Lascia ch’io pianga” from Rinaldo
Jake Heggie: “Si, son io” from Great Scott
Eric Owens sang:
Verdi: “Infelice! E tuo credevi” from Ernani
Harry Thacker Burleigh: “Deep River” (Traditional/Arr.)