Thursday, August 22, 2013

Bust of Sir George Solti

Bust of Sir George Solti, 1987
Dame Elizabeth Frink
Grant Park
South Michigan Avenue just South of East Jackson Drive

After being displayed briefly at London’s Royal Opera House, this bronze bust of the world-renowned orchestra conductor and 32-time Grammy Award winner was unveiled in front of the Lincoln Park Conservatory. It was installed on the maestro’s 75th birthday. In 2006, the work was relocated to the current location in the newly-designed Solti Garden, across the street from Chicago’s Symphony Center. His widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and Chicago’s Frst Lady Maggie Daley were in attendance at the rededication. Solti was the first Music Director Laureate of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1969-1991) and conducted 999 performances there. In recognizing his own importance to the CSO and Chicago, he once stated, “They should erect a statue to me.”

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