Muti tests positive for Covid; Tuesday’s CSO concert cancelled  

Mon Apr 04, 2022 at 7:23 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Todd Rosenberg

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra announced Monday night that Riccardo Muti had tested positive for Covid-19. Tuesday night’s concert (music of Mazzoli, Mahler and Bruckner) has been cancelled.

Muti, 80, tested positive Monday at the daily testing required by CSO safety protocols. Due to the result, he will be unable to lead the upcoming April 7-12 CSO performances.

The CSO press release stated that the Italian conductor “is experiencing mild symptoms [and] is in good spirits.” Muti said: “I hope to be back as soon as possible and am looking forward to once again sharing music with the public in Chicago.”

The upcoming CSO program with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will take place as scheduled beginning Thursday night. Updated program information will be released later this week.

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