Chicago Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala

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The second season of Carnegie Hall Live kicked off Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 pm, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, which opens and closes with the often cinematically cited "O Fortuna."

Under the direction of Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Riccardo Muti, the performance featured soprano Rosa Feola; countertenor Antonio Giovannini; baritone Audun Iverson; the Chicago Symphony Chorus led by chorus director Duain Wolfe; and the Chicago Children's Choir led by artistic director Josephine Lee.

WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media's Fred Child hosted the broadcast live from Carnegie Hall.

BONUS AUDIO: Listen to the unedited broadcast opening interviews with Riccardo Muti and others about Carmina Burana:


Below is the archive of our live chat, through which listeners could participate on Twitter by using the hashtag #CHLive.               

Renée Fleming talks with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala on Oct. 3, 2012.
Renée Fleming talks with WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala on Oct. 3, 2012. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall, at at season opener gala.
Clive Gillinson, executive and artistic director of Carnegie Hall, at at season opener gala. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
A patron at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala.
A patron at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Longtime New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham doing his thing at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala.
Longtime New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham doing his thing at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Renée Fleming at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala.
Renée Fleming at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Marilyn Horne at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala.
Marilyn Horne at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
WQXR's assistant producer Aaron Dalton and host Jeff Spurgeon at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala.
WQXR's assistant producer Aaron Dalton and host Jeff Spurgeon at the Carnegie Hall season opener gala. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
The bustling Carnegie Hall lobby on the first night of its 2012-13 season.
The bustling Carnegie Hall lobby on the first night of its 2012-13 season. ( Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR )
Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Riccardo Muti.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director and conductor Riccardo Muti. ( Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR )
The Chicago Symphony Chorus led by chorus director Duain Wolfe.
The Chicago Symphony Chorus led by chorus director Duain Wolfe. ( Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR )
The Chicago Children's Choir, in the balcony, led by artistic director Josephine Lee.
The Chicago Children's Choir, in the balcony, led by artistic director Josephine Lee. ( Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR )
The packed stage for Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana.'
The packed stage for Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana.' ( Torsten Kjellstrand for NPR )
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