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Classical Music for Dummies co-author becomes Chicago’s other chief conductor

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.



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  1. Constantine Kitsopoulos says:

    Bravo to Maestro Speck for breaking down the barriers! I had the great fortune to be hired as a guest conductor for one of his orchestras. Much to my surprise, no sooner had I checked into the hotel I got a call from Speck welcoming me and wishing me well. Although I’ve never met him in person it seems that he’s a real mensch that has music making at the heart of his purpose in life. All the best to him in his new position!

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