Just got word via the OM Inbox that James Levine has canceled all remaining engagements with the Boston Symphony Orchestra this season due to “the ill effects from a recent procedure addressing his ongoing back issues, further complicated by a viral infection.”
These concerts include all Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Kennedy Center appearances although all concerts will take place as scheduled.
BSO assistant conductor Marcelo Lehninger will conduct the Symphony Hall concerts on 3rd-8th March as well as a Carnegie date on 15th March.
Roberto Abbado will take over the 10th-12th March concerts at Symphony Hall as well as the 16th March Carnegie program with Joshua Bell and the concerts in New Jersey and Washington on 18th and 19th March.
CBSO hotshot Andris Nelsons will make his BSO debut on 17th March at Carnegie.
Levine’s next scheduled appearance at The Met is 30th March. At the moment, that is going ahead as planned.
Read the whole release here.