We hear that Riccardo Muti yesterday joined Joyce DiDonato and two Chicago Symphony players, clarinet John Yeh and principal percussion Cynthia Yeh, for a concert at a juvenile correctional facility.
Muti played piano for DiDonato in some Mozart arias. “Mozart did not have an easy life,’ he told the inmates, ‘he was always losing jobs to people of inferior talent. Remember that. Just because someone gets a position and you don’t, it doesn’t necessarily mean that person is the best or better than you.’
photo and quotes: Dennis Polkow