“The only instrument that doesn’t make a mistake is this one,” Maestro Riccardo Mutiquips to the orchestra as he brandishes his baton. The formidable Italian conductor and Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director is jovial – affectionate even – as he conducts the Australian World Orchestra in rehearsal ahead of concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.

“I’m so sharp!” he complains after singing a line from the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 4, which the AWO will perform alongside...

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