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Slatkin to the Rescue in Chicago

Posted at 4:27 AM on February 4, 2011 by Ward Jacobson

We learned about Riccardo Muti fainting during rehearsal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra yesterday. The 69-year-old maestro is resting in the hospital, in stable condition.

The show did go on in the Windy City last night, as Leonard Slatkin was called upon to be a last-minute (and I do mean last-minute) fill-in to lead the CSO in the Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. With no rehearsals, Slatkin conducted from memory. Bravo, indeed!

Read all about last night's performance here.