Maestro Riccardo Muti has informed the Ravenna Festival that, unfortunately, he is compelled to postpone the concert which should have taken place on Friday, July 16, in the Rocca Brancaleone, since he must submit to a short hospitalization period that cannot be rescheduled.

The Festival’s Direction has announced that the concert will take place on Thursday, 2 September, in the Palazzo Mauro De André – a bigger venue that will make it possible to welcome a larger audience.

From 15 to 25 July, the Festival’s Ticket Office (+39 0544 249244 – is at the disposal of those who wish to change their tickets or get a refund. New tickets will be on pre-sale starting from Monday, 26 July, through the usual sales channels.

Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
Riccardo Muti conductor

Franz Schubert
Ouverture in do maggiore “im italienischen Stile” D. 591
Symphony in C major “Great” D. 944

If it weren’t for Robert Schumann, Schubert’s Symphony no. 9 would probably still be one of music’s hidden treasures. It was indeed Schumann who, in 1839, found the score among the composer’s brother’s papers, and gave it its posthumous première. Schubert had sent it to the Musikverein in Vienna, at the time the undisputed capital of European music, where Rossini’s opera had already arrived (see how Schubert’s Ouverture is directly influenced by the “Italian style”). Schubert had meant his ‘no. 9’ to be the first great public performance of his symphonic efforts, but the work was set aside as too difficult for the orchestra to perform. He died a few months later, aged just 31.