Muti Tests Positive for COVID, April 5 CSO Concert Canceled

By Keegan Morris |

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Riccardo Muti (Photo: Todd Rosenberg)

Riccardo Muti has tested positive for COVID-19. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has canceled its program for April 5, which he was scheduled to conduct, accordingly. The same program — featuring music by Missy Mazzoli, Gustav Mahler, and Anton Bruckner — was given on March 31 and April 1.

The CSO statement emphasizes Muti’s mild symptoms and “good spirits.” The 80-year-old conductor is quoted, “I hope to be back as soon as possible and am looking forward to once again sharing music with the public.”

Maestro Muti, who is in the penultimate year of his music directorship at CSO, was also scheduled to lead upcoming April 7-12 performances with orchestra favorite pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. As of now, those concerts are scheduled to proceed with Andsnes and without Muti. The CSO says it will share more information on these programs soon.

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