WBEZ | Verdi http://www.wbez.org/tags/verdi Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CSO’s Riccardo Muti says he's in good health for the new season http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/cso%E2%80%99s-riccardo-muti-says-hes-good-health-new-season-106594 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Muti_130410_LW.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Symphony Orchestra&rsquo;s Music Director, Riccardo Muti, said he&rsquo;s back and in good health after a series of absences.</p><p>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 <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wbez.org%2Fstory%2Fculture%2Fart%2Fchicago-symphony-orchestras-muti-gets-pacemaker&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNG_CpEzqUi2u5lIgM8dBd6HxX5Dlw" target="_blank">got a pacemaker</a> shortly after. And Maestro Muti missed shows and rehearsals when he was out with the flu in January. Now he says he&rsquo;s in the clear.</p><p>&ldquo;I still walk, I move my arms, etc. etc,&rdquo; the 71-year old Italian joked during a press conference to announce the new season. &ldquo;The rest, I will not say.&rdquo;</p><p>And he&rsquo;s looking forward to celebrating composer Giuseppe Verdi&rsquo;s 200th birthday in October with a live-streamed show.</p><p>&ldquo;Verdi speaks to us about our defects, our merits, our qualities and our mistakes and our sins, without judging,&rdquo; Muti said.</p><p>The CSO will also perform Verdi in a free concert at Cicero&rsquo;s Morton East High School in September.</p></p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/cso%E2%80%99s-riccardo-muti-says-hes-good-health-new-season-106594