Chicago Symphony Orchestra to play behind bars

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — It'd be enough to make Beethoven roll over in his grave.

Members of one of the classical music world's most celebrated orchestras will perform Sunday behind bars. Looking on will be celebrated conductor, Riccardo Muti (MOO' tee).

The concert in Chicago's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center is a culmination of a weeklong musical workshop for inmates organized in part by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Muti has made community outreach a priority since taking the helm of the CSO in 2010. The goal is to inspire at-risk youth and impart greater appreciation for music.

The detention center holds mainly teenage boys awaiting trial on charges ranging from dope dealing to murder.

The works being performed include compositions inmates helped compose. Italian-born Muti will be in attendance but wasn't expected to conduct.

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