CSO's Riccardo Muti to undergo surgery

February 4, 2011

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Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's music director, will undergo surgery after falling during rehearsal.

Muti fainted and fell during rehearsal Thursday. The CSO says he sustained multiple facial and jaw fractures. He's scheduled for surgery Monday and will keep undergoing tests to see what caused his collapse.
 
He'll miss several performances, as he did last year, when he fell ill during his inaugural fall season.
 
"I think we've had a bad spate of luck here, on the other hand, we need to get more information before we can make any final determinations and he would be the first to say that," said Deborah Rutter, president of the CSO association.
 
But she says the board and orchestra support him, and are eager to have him back.
 
In the meantime, the CSO has guest conductors in place.