WBEZ | conductor http://www.wbez.org/tags/conductor 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 CSO announces new season full of performances conducted by Riccardo Muti http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/cso-announces-new-season-full-performances-conducted-riccardo-muti <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/press_rmuti_3.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Symphony Orchestra just announced its new season, and it's full of appearances by its ailing music director.<br /><br />Riccardo Muti is still recovering after fainting during rehearsal and getting a pacemaker. But next season, he'll lead 10 weeks of subscription concerts plus six weeks of touring.<br /><br />Deborah Rutter, president of the CSO Association, said Muti's schedule is carefully paced to give him time to rest and prepare.<br /><br />&quot;I think he would be the first to say, Chicago is where I'm putting all of my energy,&quot;&nbsp;Rutter said. &quot;So we want to be respectful, but it's not as though we're treating him like an invalid, and in fact, he's very strong. Running around the building today, it was great to see so much energy for him.&quot;<br /><br />Next season features a new piano festival, a tribute to composer Gustav Mahler, and the world premieres of three commissioned works. Muti will once again lead a free community concert.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 01:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago/cso-announces-new-season-full-performances-conducted-riccardo-muti Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Muti gets a pacemaker http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/chicago-symphony-orchestras-muti-gets-pacemaker <p><p>Doctors say they know why the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's music director collapsed during rehearsals.</p><p>A common heart rhythm disturbance caused Riccardo Muti's fainting spell, according to a joint statement by the CSO and cardiologists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.&nbsp; The hospital gave Muti a pacemaker to prevent &quot;possible future episodes of slow heart rate.&quot; Doctors said Muti otherwise has &quot;superb&quot; heart function.</p><p>Muti fainted and fell during rehearsal last week. He underwent surgery to repair facial fractures from the fall.</p><p>Muti said he was grateful for all the support, and disappointed he couldn't make music with the CSO.</p><div>&ldquo;A music director&rsquo;s relationship with his orchestra is like a marriage,&quot; Muti said in the statement. &quot;Together, we are a family, and we bond in times of joy and in times of challenge.&nbsp; I think it was destiny that I came to Chicago, and I think what has happened is also destiny because now I understand and feel more comfortable than ever about returning to my work.&rdquo;&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><div>The chair of the CSO association,&nbsp;William A. Osborn, reaffirmed the board's support for Muti.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;I can say with certainty that the relationship between the CSOA and Maestro Muti is strong. He is an important part of our family,&quot;&nbsp;Osborn said.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Muti continues his recovery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The CSO has found guest conductors to fill in for Muti this month. Muti missed his entire winter residency with the CSO, as well as half of last fall's scheduled performances due to extreme exhaustion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 22:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/chicago-symphony-orchestras-muti-gets-pacemaker CSO's Riccardo Muti to undergo surgery http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/csos-riccardo-muti-undergo-surgery <p><p><font size="2">Riccardo Muti,&nbsp;the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's music director, will undergo surgery after falling during rehearsal.</font></p><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">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.</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">He'll miss several performances, as he did last year, when he fell ill during his inaugural fall season.</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&quot;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,&quot; said Deborah&nbsp;Rutter, president of the CSO association.</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">But she says the board and orchestra support him, and are eager to have him back.</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">&nbsp;</font></div><div dir="ltr"><font size="2">In the meantime, the CSO has guest conductors in place.</font><font size="2" class="Apple-style-span"><br /></font></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 23:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/culture/art/csos-riccardo-muti-undergo-surgery