Lorin Maazel: How fitting that he came from Pittsburgh, as the former Pittsburgh Symphony (and many other posts) music director continues to be the conductor of steel. The latest proof: an 82-year-old Maazel stepping in for a massive international tour:
LORIN MAAZEL TO REPLACE
MUSIC DIRECTOR RICCARDO MUTI ON PORTION OF UPCOMING
CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TOUR TO ASIA
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CHICAGO—The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association (CSOA) announced today that Music Director Riccardo Muti is unable to participate in the Orchestra's upcoming tour to Asia.
Substituting for Maestro Muti on this tour is Lorin Maazel (music director, Munich Philharmonic) for the concerts in Hong Kong, China and Korea. The CSO is working closely with the presenter in Taiwan and expects to announce plans for the concerts in Taipei within 24 hours.
After returning to Italy last week suffering from the flu, Maestro Muti sought further medical care. He was subsequently diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, which requires surgical treatment as soon as possible. His doctors determined that to delay the surgery until after the scheduled tour to Asia could lead to complications.
CSOA President Deborah F. Rutter commented, "The thoughts and good wishes of the entire CSO family are with our beloved Maestro Muti as he undergoes surgery. Naturally, we are disappointed that he was not able to lead the Orchestra here in Chicago and will be unable to join us on our tour beginning next week. However, we completely understand that this is a health situation beyond his control and eagerly await his return to Chicago in April. The CSO family is deeply grateful to Maestro Maazel for assisting the CSO on this tour.