Here is the statement, released today, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association:
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is pleased to report that our music director, Riccardo Muti, has been released from a Milan hospital. He is expected to make a full recovery from the illness that struck him earlier this month and forced him to withdraw from the remaining two weeks of his October programs with the CSO. He will be rejoining us as planned in February 2011 for his regularly scheduled performances from February 3 to 19.
Following a full battery of medical tests at San Raffaele Hospital, it was determined that Maestro Muti is suffering from extreme exhaustion as a result of prolonged physical stress. In this case, as often happens, the exhaustion manifested itself in abdominal pain and other physical symptoms. His physicians believe that he was able to work through his symptoms in his first two weeks, given all of the heightened excitement, but, that as time wore on, it became increasingly more difficult to do so.
Maestro Muti’s medical doctors have prescribed one month of complete rest, which he has begun at his home in Italy. The Maestro reports that he is feeling “not perfect, but relieved” to know it was not something more serious as first indicated by his symptoms.
In describing his recovery, Maestro Muti said, “After a terrible storm, even if the wind dies down and the skies have cleared, it takes a while for the waves to calm down fully. I will do as my doctors say and rest completely so that I may return to Chicago in February ready to collaborate with the magnificent musicians of the CSO and continue the community programs we started in September. I very much appreciate the outpouring of well wishes and support from the members of the CSO family and residents of my new musical home, Chicago, and I look forward to my return.”
Deborah Rutter, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, noted, “While Maestro Muti had alarming symptoms that concerned us all, we are so relieved that with complete rest he will be able to return to Chicago to move forward with his performances in February, April and May as originally scheduled.”