Temporary replacements for Berkeley Symphony’s Carneiro, on pregnancy leave

Posted on: January 6, 2017

“As Berkeley Symphony announced today the third consecutive substitution of a conductor for Music Director Joana Carneiro in four months, the organization also stated the reason for her lengthy absence for the first time: ‘Carneiro is pregnant and is under doctor’s advice not to conduct or travel,’ ” writes Janos Gereben in Thursday’s (1/5) San Francisco Classical Voice. “Carneiro withdrew from the Berkeley Symphony concert on Jan. 26 in Zellerbach Hall, and the conductor will be Christian Reif, [resident conductor] of the San Francisco Symphony, while the program remains the same: the Bay Area premiere of Mason Bates’ Cello Concerto with Joshua Roman … and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Berkeley Symphony’s December concert was conducted by Elim Chan, and the one in October by Edwin Outwater…. Carneiro is also being replaced in San Francisco Symphony’s Feb. 16-18 performances of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Grant Gershon, artistic director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and resident conductor of Los Angeles Opera, will conduct. He had prepared the work’s world premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and also conducted the work at the Ravinia Festival in 2013.”

Posted January 6, 2017