Riccardo Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra withdrew from his remaining performances in Chicago in October due to illness (“extreme gastric distress”)

Muti and the CSO

The orchestra was able to engage Pierre Boulez to stand in for the ailing Muti.

Pierre Boulez

Boulez will conduct Mahler’s Seventh Symphony for the PBS Great Performances broadcast.

The Philadelphia Orchestra was in the same situation for their October 21-23, 2010 concerts when conductor Semyon Byckov canceled. Their substitute conductor? Lionel Bringuier.


The Chicago Symphony gets the world’s greatest living conductor. Philadelphia gets a kid who greatest achievement so far is to stand in for The Dud.

Here is next week’s conductor: