CSO: Maestro Muti undergoing tests

February 8, 2011 11:23:22 AM PST
Conductor Riccardo Muti will have his jaw wired shut for about three weeks after falling during a rehearsal with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

CSO officials said Tuesday Muti is comfortable and alert after the surgery to repair multiple facial fractures suffered during his fall from a podium. The 69-year-old fainted during a rehearsal on February 3.

Dr. Alexis Olsson says Muti will remain hospitalized for more tests, including to determine why he fainted. He says specialists are examining Muti but wouldn't say what their specialties are.

Next week's performances by the CSO will be led by a guest conductor. Muti will do "non-podium" work, according to Deborah Rutter, CSO Association president. She said it's too soon to know if Muti will conduct the spring concerts that begin in April

The Associated Press contributed to this report.