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City of broad, uh, trees


 

Riccardo Muti explains why, having turned down the New York Philharmonic because he could never relocate to the United States, he has agreed to become music director of the Chicago Symphony:

“When I left La Scala, I thought it was time for me to be absolutely free, like the birds in the air,” he said. “Birds go around and they enjoy their happiness, their freedom. But sometimes it can happen they find a tree and they like to stop on a tree, and they didn’t know about the tree before. It doesn’t mean one tree is better than another tree. It just happens at the right moment in life.”


 

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