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Conductor Riccardo Muti drops out of Chicago concerts

6/12/2014

Famed Italian conductor Riccardo Muti has dropped out of a number of concerts in Chicago, Illinois this week (beg07Jan13) after falling sick. The music maestro has pulled out of five appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) at the city's Symphony Center, beginning on Wednesday (09Jan13), as he battles a nasty bout of influenza. The all-Beethoven programme will now be conducted by Edo de Waart, music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. A post on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's website reads, "Chicago Symphony Orchestra Music Director Riccardo Muti is suffering from the flu (sic) and has been forced to withdraw from this week's subscription concerts. Edo de Waart... will (now) conduct the CSO." Muti hit headlines in 2011 when he fainted and tumbled from his podium during a rehearsal with the CSO. He was subsequently fitted with a pacemaker after doctors diagnosed him with a heart condition.

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