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Orchestra Hall 220 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, U.S.A. Union Bug
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1891. Commonly referred to as one of the "Big Five", along with the New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Cleveland, it is one of the most well known orchestras in the United States. In 1967 Georg Solti, KBE, a Hungarian orchestral and operatic conductor, was appointed as the music director of the orchestra. His appointment was a much needed boost to the orchestra, morale was low and they were approximately $5m in debt. Knowing he had to raise the profile of the opera Solti greatly increased their repertoire had them tour abroad in 1971, the first time in their history. It was a rousing success and when the orchestra returned they were awarded a ticker-tape parade. In June of 1977 the orchestra toured abroad again, this time to Japan. They performed 14 concerns in 8 cities. After pushing the orchestra to glory, Solti retired from the position as Music Director in 1991 but continued conducting. He conduced 999 concerts, with the 1,000th scheduled for October 1997 in celebration of his 85th birthday. Unfortunately Solti died September 5th, 1997 at the age of 84, before he could conduct the performance.