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Chicago Symphony director Muti to have surgery

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CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti (MOO'-ti) is to have surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to help him heal from facial and jaw fractures sustained during a fall.

Orchestra officials say Muti will have the surgery on Monday. Muti fainted during a double rehearsal Thursday and fell from the podium. President Deborah Rutter of the CSO Association said Friday that the 69-year-old Muti was undergoing tests to determine the underlying cause of his fall.

In October, Muti was hospitalized in Italy for extreme physical exhaustion. He withdrew from his fall CSO residency, but was cleared for the winter concert series, which began Thursday night and runs through Feb. 19.

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