Muti, the orchestra's conductor from 1980 to 1992, agreed to lead the concert after an appeal by musicians in August, in the midst of hard-fought contract negotiations. The concert will also feature soprano Barbara Frittoli, a regular performer at the Vienna State Opera and Covent Garden, among other major opera houses.
Frittoli, Muti, and the musicians of the orchestra are donating their time. The proceeds of the evening, which also includes a post-concert reception, will be used to reduce the orchestra's deficit.
The program includes the overture to Rossini's William Tell, Brahms' Second Symphony, and arias by Verdi and Puccini. Ticket prices range from $50 to $150.