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"The show is canceled."

Sir Georg Solti led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s second tour to Europe in September 1974, including stops in Austria, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, and The Netherlands.

Two concerts were scheduled at the historic Teatro La Fenice in Venice on September 18 and 19; however once the Orchestra arrived in the early afternoon on the 18th, it was discovered that the concerts were to be canceled due to a theater workers’ strike.

September 12, 1974 – Grosser Musikvereinsaal, Vienna, Austria
IVES Decoration Day
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

September 13, 1974 – Brucknerhaus, Linz, Austria
September 17, 1974 – Tonhalle, Zurich, Switzerland
September 26, 1974 – Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

September 14, 1974 – Kongress-Hall im Deutschen Museum, Munich, Germany
September 15, 1974 – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
WEBER Overture to Oberon
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

September 18 & 19, 1974 – Teatro La Fenice, Venice, Italy
CANCELED

September 20, 1974 – Teatro Comunale, Florence, Italy
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 35 (Eroica)
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

September 23, 1974 – Royal Festival Hall, London, England
BEETHOVEN Overture to Coriolan, Op. 62
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 35 (Eroica)
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

September 24, 1974 – Théâtre National de l’Opera, Paris, France
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 35 (Eroica)
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

September 27, 1974 – Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
IVES Decoration Day
MAHLER Symphony No. 5

A rough translation of the sign that appeared on the façade of La Fenice:

The theater is occupied.

Venice
The Arsenale
The boatyards
The cotton mill
The boat transport routes
The opera house?

The population of Venice has shrunk from 150,000 to 107,000 inhabitants. To save Venice we need to save all manufacturing.

To have a living city we need to fight against the disbanding of industry and of all the centers of cultural activity.

We need to take action to save Venice’s great theater.

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