Muti cancels all CSO January dates; will still conduct Asian tour

Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 3:42 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

┬áIf you want to experience Riccardo Muti conducting the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this month, you’ll have to go to Taiwan or South Korea to do that.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday afternoon that the Italian conductor, 71, has canceled his Jan. 15-17 appearances with the orchestra. In addition to previously bowing out of this week’s programs due to having the flu, which was announced Monday, that means Muti has canceled all of his scheduled January appearances with the CSO in Chicago.

Muti is still planning to conduct the orchestra on the extended Asian tour, which starts January 25, said CSO spokeswoman Rachelle Roe. The conductor has already left Chicago and returned to Italy to “recuperate,” Roe said.

Edo de Waart will now lead the CSO program next week as well as this week, starting with tonight’s Afterwork Masterworks program. The scheduled works by Stravinsky and Busoni will be replaced by Mozart’s Symphony No. 41. Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 will remain on the program.

cso.org; 312-294-3000.

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3 Responses to “Muti cancels all CSO January dates; will still conduct Asian tour”

  1. Posted Jan 09, 2013 at 10:45 pm by Edward

    No comments on this at all? Interested in what people think of this continuing trend. As well as the premium pricing charged single ticket buyers or non set series folk for Muti concerts.

  2. Posted Jan 10, 2013 at 12:03 am by Peter Borich

    C’mon… The Maestro wouldn’t have flown all the way to Chicago if he “planned” to cancel out his Winter residency. Hopefully, he’ll be able to lead the Asian tour and have a healthy rest of the year.

  3. Posted Jan 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm by Rick Boyum

    Well, I’ve got the respiratory flu too and it is devastating this time around. So if the Maestro and I have the same thing it would be immensely difficult for him to rehearse and conduct. Yes, I had a flu shot and I am sure he did too. The vaccinations don’t always work. I was looking forward to the Busoni next week. I hope they can reschedule it in an upcoming season.

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