Saturday, May 30, 2015

Riccardo Muti Collapses in Chicago

Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, collapsed during a rehearsal with the ensemble.

Riccardo Muti Collapses in Chicago

Riccardo Muti, music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, collapsed during a rehearsal with the ensemble.

From the Chicago Tribune:

"He is stable and talking," said CSO Association President Deborah Rutter late Thursday by phone from Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the 69-year-old Muti was rushed after suffering a fainting spell while preparing the first subscription program of his winter residency with the CSO. He was eased into a chair while paramedics were being called, said orchestra members.

Rutter said on Thursday she was still awaiting the official word from doctors as to the cause of Muti's collapse. She said she wanted to update the orchestra as to the music director's condition before saying anything further to the news media.

Muti, 69, was music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1980-1993.

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Peter Dobrin is a classical music critic and culture writer for The Inquirer. Since 1989, he has written music reviews, features, news and commentary for the paper, covering such topics as the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the Venice Biennale, expansion of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Philadelphia Orchestra's bankruptcy declaration in 2011, Philadelphia's evolving performing arts center and the general health of arts and culture.

Dobrin was a French horn player. He earned an undergraduate degree in performance from the University of Miami, and received a master's degree in music criticism from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where he studied with Elliott Galkin. He has no time to practice today.

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