Project Description

A special trip through Italy for 60 patrons, sponsor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra CSO. Our goal was to meet and exceed the expectations of a highly educated and well-travelledgroup of patrons of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra visiting Italy in combination with the CSOEuropean tour under the direction of Maestro Riccardo Muti.

Starting from the idea of offering participants an uncommon cultural experience, we were able to create a sequence of special occasions including an exclusive visit to the “Lux in Arcana” exhibition, a once in a life occasion to admire 100 among the most important documents belonging to the Vatican Secret Archive for the first time shown all together at the Capitol Museum of Rome. The museum has been privatized for the occasion and the tour has been led by licensed guides specializing in art and history. The day ended up with a concert of the Opera theatre in Rome. The trip continued to Naples with one more exclusive tour of the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory, where Riccardo Muti gave his last exam to obtain a piano diploma. Welcomed by the Director of the Museum, CSO’s patrons have then been led to the same room where the Maestro had performed 50 years earlier where a young musicians played that same repertoire. That evening, concert at the San Carlo Opera Theatre.

Once in Naples, one cannot miss the real pizza and patrons had the best in town: at Pizzeria Sorbillo the pizza makers produced a personalized pizza dedicated to CSO and much appreciated by guests.