Masur cancels Boston Symphony concerts

Posted on: February 23, 2012

Thursday (2/23) on the New York Times blog ArtsBeat, Daniel J. Wakin reports, “The conductor Kurt Masur, 84 and increasingly frail, has withdrawn from performances of Beethoven’s ‘Missa Solemnis’ with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Boston and on March 6 at Carnegie Hall because of his ‘current physical condition,’ the orchestra said in a statement without elaborating. A spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a phone message. It is the second year in a row that the Boston Symphony has lost a marquee conductor for Carnegie appearances. Last season, James Levine, its music director at the time, pulled out of three concerts because of failing health. The statement said that Mr. Masur, a former music director of the New York Philharmonic, would go forward with performances with various orchestras in Israel, Germany, China and France in March and April. John Oliver, who conducts the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, which will also participate, will lead the Boston performances, and Mr. Masur’s replacement for Carnegie has yet to be determined, the orchestra said.”

Posted February 23, 2012