A lover of the arts, Chicago, Illinois, resident Uta Staley enjoys attending a variety of events at the local theater. Uta Staley particularly enjoys the symphony and its performances involving classical European music and supports the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO).
Founded in 1891, the CSO performs more than 150 concerts each year at its downtown Symphony Center and at the Ravinia Festival found on Chicago’s North Side. The CSO also tours nationally and internationally, performing in 29 countries on five continents during 59 international tours. The CSO is led by renowned Italian conductor Riccardo Muti, who is in his tenth year at the helm.
The 2016/2017 season, which began on September 22, features a variety of performances, including a Beethoven concerto cycle, Brahms symphonies, and several guest conductor engagements. To open the season, the CSO performed Modest Mussorgsky’s “A Night on Bald Mountain,” Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem “Don Juan,” and Anton Bruckner’s “Symphony No. 7.” The CSO repeated the concert on September 27. Since the later concert was on a Tuesday, guests were able to partake in a question-and-answer session with the artists after the concert. The CSO hosts these sessions on every Tuesday concert day.
Uta Staley frequents museums and the arts across Chicago, Illinois. Uta Staley also donates to city attractions such as the Museum of Science and Industry. The Museum of Science and Industry houses more than 35,000 pieces and almost 15 acres of exhibits geared toward people of all ages. As the largest science building in the Western Hemisphere, the museum opened in 1933 and more than 175 million visitors have passed through its doors.
In addition to its permanent exhibits, the museum features temporary ones. From March 2013 through September 2013, the museum hosts an exhibit entitled Animals Inside Out. Through cooperation with veterinary programs, animal groups, and zoos, the museum shows the inner workings of animals found across the world.
Dr. Gunther von Hagens, who created the Body Worlds exhibit that showcased humans in the same capacity, helped to create the animal specimens through plastination. This process prevents decay and replaces the animal's body fluids with plastic in order to create these visual exhibits, and visitors can view the animals' central nervous systems and organs. Included in the exhibit are ostriches, giraffes, crocodiles, reindeer, bulls, octopuses, and squid.
Uta Staley, a native of Germany and a long-time resident of Chicago, Illinois, devotes much of her time to supporting the arts in her adopted city.