The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced on Friday that Promoroma, the special agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Rome, had presented the ensemble's music director Maestro Riccardo Muti with the "Ambassador of the Culture of Rome in the U.S." award.
Mr. Marco Annarumi, president of Promoroma, presented the award to the maestro during a ceremony at Symphony Center.
“Maestro Muti, with his genius and human stature, truly is a bright light and guide in a world that too many times focuses not on beauty and positivity, but on pettiness and negativity,” Annarumi said. “Maestro Muti teaches us constantly that human nature is made for true happiness and beauty, and for this we are immensely grateful to him.”
The award is an original handmade sculpture created for Muti by world-renowned Roman artist Riccardo Monachesi. Entitled Traguardi (Finishing Lines), the piece represents the emotional encounter between the Italian and American cultures which Muti personifies as CSO music director and Honorary Director for Life of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome.