Muti bows out of final week of winter residency

Tue Feb 08, 2011 at 2:53 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Gianandrea Noseda

To the surprise of no one, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra made it official Tuesday that due to his injuries, Riccardo Muti would miss the third and final week of his CSO winter residency.

Gianandrea Noseda, who made his CSO debut last season, will take over podium duties for the ailing music director with a partially revised program February 17, 18, and 19. Leif Ove Andsnes will perform Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 as scheduled and Stravinsky’s Suite from The Fairy’s Kiss remains on the program, but Borodin’s Polovtzian Dances will replace Edgard Varese’s Arcana.

Also on Tuesday, Muti’s surgeon, Dr. Alexis Olsson, said that the 69-year-old conductor had a plate installed in his cheekbone and that Muti’s jaw will be wired shut for three weeks to allow it to heal. He also said that Muti is continuing to undergo tests to determine why he fainted.

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