Chicago Symphony to Perform Rare Moscow Shows
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is performing in Russia for the first time since the fall of the Soviet Union as part of U.S. efforts to improve relations between the two countries.
The orchestra's musical director - the world-renowned conductor Riccardo Muti - says Chicago was chosen not only for its fine orchestra but because it is the hometown of President Barack Obama.
Muti describes Chicago as "one of the symbols where all the people in the world look, hoping that the world ... can reach a future of peace and mutual understanding.''
U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul says the orchestra's visit will help bring together Russians and Americans.
The orchestra performs at the Moscow Conservatory on Wednesday, the first of three concerts in Russia.