The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Riccardo Muti, said he’s back and in good health after a series of absences.
The world-renowned conductor greeted his first season at CSO in 2010 with a long absence due to a gastric illness. Then in 2011, Muti fell during a rehearsal and fractured his jaw; he got a pacemaker shortly after. And Maestro Muti missed shows and rehearsals when he was out with the flu in January. Now he says he’s in the clear.
“I still walk, I move my arms, etc. etc,” the 71-year old Italian joked during a press conference to announce the new season. “The rest, I will not say.”
And he’s looking forward to celebrating composer Giuseppe Verdi’s 200th birthday in October with a live-streamed show.
“Verdi speaks to us about our defects, our merits, our qualities and our mistakes and our sins, without judging,” Muti said.
The CSO will also perform Verdi in a free concert at Cicero’s Morton East High School in September.