In case you haven’t heard, my favorite Chicagoan and conductor, Maestro Riccardo Muti, will be canceling his scheduled February residency in Chicago due to a hip injury he suffered back at home. I was looking forward to his concerts the next two weeks with Stephen Williamson and Robert Chen as soloists, as well as his open rehearsal for the 2016 Chicago Youth in Music Festival, but I wish him all the best for a full recovery. Chicago will miss him dearly these next couple of months and will, for sure look forward to welcoming him back for his next residency in April.
Update (2/4/16, 8:35AM): Maestro Muti wrote a message to all his fans:
“Unable to write back to all of you individually, I would like to express sincere thanks for your numerous messages wishing me a speedy recovery and to be back to my artistic activity soon!
Feb, 4th 2016 ”
Update #2 (2/5/16, 8:06 AM): The CSO has announced that Russian conductor, Maestro Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who is currently in Chicago to lead today and tomorrow’s CSO performances (Shostakovich 1 & 15), has agreed to step in for Maestro Riccardo Muti and conduct the CSO for the February 11, 12, 13, and 16 concerts. The program will remain unchanged and features Stephen Williamson as soloist for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The CSO has not yet announced a conductor for the the February 18-20 concerts.
Update #3 (2/9/16, 6:37 PM): The CSO has announced that Austrian conductor, Maestro Manfred Honeck, will be leading the CSO for the February 18-20 concerts. Additionally, Gennady Rozhdestvensky will be leading the 2016 Youth in Music Festival Open Rehearsal on February 15th.
(Photo by Todd Rosenberg)