Updated: November 2, 2012 1:31PM
Chicago Symphony music director Riccardo Muti, suffering from the flu, has dropped out of his dates this weekend with Vienna Philharmonic, according to the orchestra’s website.
Muti, 71, reportedly told colleagues back in Chicago not to worry, “it’s just the flu, and everyone gets sick now and then.”
Replacing Muti in the Vienna concerts Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be Colombian conductor and violinist Andres Orozco-Estrada and Austrian conductor-violinist Rainer Honeck.
Muti has a long relationship with Vienna, which he first conducted in 1974 and has since led more than 120 concerts there.
His next residency with the CSO begins Jan. 9 with an all-Beethoven program.