It’s not the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where Riccardo Muti rules the roost. Nor the Lyric Opera, chief baton Andrew Davis.
It’s the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, which has a new music director, the first change in 23 years. He is Scott Speck, 51. Among his bibliographic achievements he lists, as co-author, Classical Music for Dummies, Opera for Dummies, and Ballet for Dummies. I guess the orchestra players, many of whom work at the Lyric, have been given signed copies. Read more here.