De Waart to undergo minor operation; will miss concerts

Posted on: August 22, 2011

In Sunday’s (8/21) South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Helene Franchineau writes, “The outgoing chief conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart, is set to miss part of his swansong season after having a minor operation in Europe on Friday. The Dutch maestro—who is also the ensemble’s artistic director—is taking a four-week post-operation rest and has withdrawn from the Season Opening Gala on September 2 and 3 and from the Rachmaninov Gala on September 9 and 10. De Waart was not available for comment. The orchestra’s director of marketing, Paul Tam confirmed that the operation on De Waart’s digestive system was ‘minor but necessary.’ The 70-year-old artist is due to step down after he returns to conduct a final series of three concerts in April next year, performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. … De Waart, whose career started in the 1960s under composer Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic, has conducted prestigious ensembles such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.” De Waart is also music director of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. A subscription is required to view the full article at the provided link.

Posted August 22, 2011