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, 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.