“Sunday afternoon he conducted Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Verizon Hall, and on Monday Philadelphia Orchestra music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin was at Penn Medicine for surgery,” writes Peter Dobrin in Tuesday’s (3/15) Philadelphia Inquirer. “The conductor, suffering from an epigastric hernia, underwent outpatient surgery, orchestra spokeswomen Katherine Blodgett said. Blodgett said she did now know if the surgery was scheduled, or necessitated by a sudden condition. After a three- to four-week recovery, Nézet-Séguin is expected to be back on the podium for concerts here starting April 8. He has cancelled a March 20 appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic.” The Montreal Gazette reports that his replacement with the Berlin Philharmonic will be Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Music Director Manfred Honeck. Nézet-Séguin will also miss performances this month with Montreal’s Orchestre Métropolitain, where he is music director. Orchestre Métropolitain announced that Christian Arming, the music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, will replace Nézet-Séguin for those performances.
Posted March 17, 2016