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CSO Director to Return in February

Riccardo Muti withdrew from scheduled performances due to "extreme gastric distress" and exhaustion



    CSO Director to Return in February

    Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti has been released from a Milan hospital and is expected to resume his duties in February, the organization said Tuesday.

    Earlier this month, symphony officials announced "extreme gastric distress" forced the Italian conductor to withdraw from his fall residency and return to Milan for treatment.

    On Tuesday, the orchestra reports tests determined Muti is suffering from extreme exhaustion as a result of prolonged physical stress. Abdominal pain and other physical symptoms resulted.

    Doctors have recommended a month of complete rest, which Muti has begun at his home in Italy.

    The 69-year-old Muti was scheduled to conduct fall concerts from Sept. 19 to Oct. 17. He was to return for a winter series Feb. 3 through Feb. 19, and then conduct two sequences of spring concerts between April 7 and May 14.