The veteran conductor was reported in the Chicago Tribune to have collapsed on stage last night after Beethoven’s second piano concerto. He recovered quickly and will continue his series.
The Chicago Symphony has just issued the following statement:
Following the end of last night’s performance, Maestro Haitink did not in fact “collapse,” but he did lose his footing on the step back up to the podium during the applause. Thankfully, there was no damage done and he looks forward to the remaining CSO performances.
Haitink had a similar fall in Amsterdam four months ago and recovered very quickly.