CHICAGO (AP) - The Italian-born director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Riccardo Muti, has attended a concert in a jail performed by a group of the orchestra's musicians as well as inmates.
It happened Sunday at Chicago's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The mostly teenage inmates are awaiting trial, many on serious charges.
It's part of an outreach program championed by Muti.
After the concert, he told the inmates the concert was "a wonderful beginning." He added that, "You will join society with the sense of harmony you learned here."
The inmates participated in a weeklong musical workshop that culminated with the concert.
One piece began with a classical bass playing Bach's Cello Suite in C major. The teens then joined in rapping. Some of their parents cried as they listened in the audience.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to email@example.com. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.