January 10, 2013

Music Director of Chicago Symphony to Miss Concerts

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says music director Riccardo Muti will miss three concerts and a student engagement because of flu-like symptoms.

The symphony said yesterday that Muti has withdrawn from concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (January 17, 18 and 19)  of next week. He will be replaced by guest conductor Edo de Waart.

The 71-year-old Muti also will not attend a Monday open rehearsal of the Chicago Youth in Music Festival Orchestra, which includes Chicago-area high school students and members of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will replace him at the event.

This is the second time Muti has missed symphony performances. In 2011, he was hospitalized in Chicago after fainting during a rehearsal and suffering jaw and facial fractures.

September 24, 2012

Contract Talks Resuming in Chicago Symphony Strike

Talks aimed at settling the Chicago Symphony Orchestra strike are set to resume three days after musicians walked off the job.

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra says negotiations will get under way on Monday afternoon.

Musicians went on strike Saturday over wages and health care costs, forcing the cancellation of the season's first Saturday night show less than two hours before it started. CSO officials say famed conductor Riccardo Muti was "very, very disappointed.''

The contract expired more than a week ago, but musicians played the first concert Thursday and a free one on Friday in Millennium Park before talks broke down on Saturday.  It's the first CSO strike since 1991.

The Chicago Federation of Musicians says proposed increases in health-care contributions would amount to a pay cut for some.

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