CSO's Muti to undergo surgery for hernia

Riccardo Muti

Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park last year. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune / January 21, 2013)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has filled the last remaining gap in the podium roster of its upcoming Far East tour, a void created by music director Riccardo Muti’s cancellation of his appearances because of illness.

In an e-mail received on Sunday, Milena Borromeo, Muti's personal assistant in Italy, said the 71-year-old maestro is scheduled to undergo surgery for his hernia condition Monday morning at a hospital in Milan.

Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska, music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, will take over the first two concerts of the CSO’s 10-day Asian tour, Friday and Saturday in Taipei, Taiwan. CSO concertmaster Robert Chen will appear as soloist on Friday’s program, playing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. Maxim Vengerov will perform the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto on Saturday. The programs also include Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 (“Jupiter”), Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”).

Lorin Maazel previously agreed to lead the subsequent tour concerts in Muti’s place. Those concerts are to take place in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin, China; and Seoul, South Korea. The nine-concert tour concludes Feb. 7.

The orchestra previously announced that Muti had withdrawn from the tour because of upcoming surgery to correct an inguinal hernia, or a protrusion of abdominal-cavity contents.

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