22. March 2010 · Comments Off on James Levine · Categories: Press Releases, Repair Quickly!

I just received this press release:

JAMES LEVINE WITHDRAWS FROM NEXT THREE WEEKS OF BSO PROGRAMS DUE TO ONGOING BACK PROBLEMS

JAYCE OGREN TO CONDUCT BSO IN WORLD PREMIERE OF PETER LIEBERSON’S SONGS OF LOVE AND SORROW, MARCH 25, 26, AND 27

RAFAEL FRUHBECK DE BURGOS TO LEAD BSO IN MENDELSSOHN’S ELIJAH, APRIL 1, 2, AND 3, IN BOSTON AND APRIL 5, IN NEW YORK AT CARNEGIE HALL

CONDUCTOR FOR JOHN HARBISON’S DOUBLE CONCERTO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO, WITH MIRA WANG AND JAN VOGLER AS SOLOISTS, ON A PROGRAM WITH MAHLER’S SEVENTH SYMPHONY, APRIL 8, 9, AND 10, TO BE ANNOUNCED LATER THIS WEEK

BSO Music Director James Levine is withdrawing from the next three weeks of BSO programs due to ongoing back problems. These were to have been Mr. Levine’s final appearances of the 2009-10 season. Jayce Ogren will lead the world premiere of Peter Lieberson’s Songs of Love and Sorrow, featuring baritone Gerald Finley, March 25, 26, and 27. The program will also include Sibelius’s Finlandia and Valse triste, with Schubert’s Symphony in C, The Great, bringing the program to a close (in addition to the Lieberson premiere and Schubert’s Great Symphony, the original program was to have included Debussy’s Jeux). The following week, April 1, 2, and 3 in Boston, and April 5 at Carnegie Hall in New York, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos will lead Mendelssohn’s Elijah with soprano Christine Brewer, mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, tenor Alexsandrs Antonenko, and bass-baritone Shenyang, as well the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor. These programs of Elijah mark the beginning of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus’s 40th anniversary season.
The conductor for the world premiere of John Harbison’s Double Concerto for violin and cello featuring Mira Wang and Jan Vogler, on a program with Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, April 8, 9, and 10, will be announced later this week.

“This has been a difficult year for James Levine and we wish him the very best as he works with his doctors towards resolving his ongoing back problems,” said BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe. “Though we will miss James Levine’s presence, all of us look forward to the last six Boston Symphony programs of the season—the greatly anticipated world premieres by Peter Lieberson and John Harbison, Mendelsshon’s magnificent Elijah in Boston and New York under the direction of Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, the final program by Julian Kuerti as BSO assistant conductor, and two season-ending programs led by BSO Conductor Emeritus Bernard Haitink.”

Photos and full artist biographies are available in the BSO’s online press kit here.

Wishing Maestro Levine a speedy recovery.

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