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Review: Muti closes season with Bates' magical, musical bestiary

Review: Muti closes season with Bates' magical, musical bestiary

Practiced man of the theater that he is, Riccardo Muti knows how to bring down a curtain with proper flourish. For the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's season finale this weekend, he is getting a huge assist in that regard from the two B's – Blackhawks and Bates. At the first performance of the orchestra's final subscription program of 2014-15, Thursday night at Symphony Center, the music director paid tribute to the city's other championship team by setting his band loose on a rousing rendition of the Blackhawks' goal song, "Chelsea Dagger," as a surprise midconcert encore. This, you will recall, is Muti's own orchestral arrangement of the rock...

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