Masur pulls out of BSO concerts due to illness

February 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Kurt Masur

Kurt Masur has abruptly pulled out of this week’s Boston Symphony Orchestra performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis due to his “current physical condition.”

The 84-year-old conductor was in Boston rehearsing with the orchestra when he became ill, said a BSO spokeswoman. Masur has not yet canceled other upcoming engagements, including dates with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bayerische Staatskapelle, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France.

John Oliver, conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, will take the helm for the Symphony Hall performances Thursday through Saturday.  An announcement about who will replace Masur for the March 6 Carnegie Hall tour performance of this program will be forthcoming. bso.org; 617-266-1200.

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