Russian conductor adds CSO concerts as sub for Riccardo Muti

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has lined up the first substitute conductor to fill in for the laid-up Riccardo Muti.

Russia’s Gennady Rozhdestvensky, who is scheduled to lead performances of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 & 15 this weekend, has agreed to linger in Chicago and take Muti’s placeon Feb. 11, 12, 13 and 16. The program —works for strings by Ligeti, Pärt and Tchaikovsky, as well as Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto featuring soloistStephen Williamson — remains unchanged.

Still up for grabs are CSO concerts Feb. 18-20.

The CSO announced earlier this week that Muti, the orchestra’s music director, would miss his February concerts to recover from a hip operation.

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