Muti bows out of Chicago Symphony’s Asia tour

Posted on: January 18, 2013

In Friday’s (1/18) Chicago Tribune, John von Rhein reports, “Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia that will force him to bow out of the orchestra’s entire 10-day tour of the Far East, Jan. 25-Feb. 3. After the Italian maestro, 71, flew home to Milan, Italy, last week to be treated for a case of the flu that had sidelined him from his two scheduled weeks of CSO subscription concerts, doctors discovered a more serious medical condition, an inguinal hernia, that will require surgical treatment as soon as possible, the orchestra announced late Thursday. Orchestra members were informed of Muti’s cancellation after Thursday night’s subscription concert at Symphony Center, according to CSO Association president Deborah Rutter. … On Thursday the eminent American conductor Lorin Maazel agreed to take over the entire CSO tour except for the Jan. 25-26 concerts in Taipei, Taiwan. … Rutter said the CSO is working with the concert presenter in Taiwan to find a conductor who can take over the two opening concerts of the tour in Taipei’s Chiang Kai-Shek National Concert Hall.”

Posted January 18, 2013