Ailing Maazel cancels BSO dates and tour; Dutoit to take the helm

April 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Charles Dutoit

Due to injuries suffered in an accident, Lorin Maazel has cancelled his upcoming appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for their final performances of the season, April 17-26. The cause of the accident has not been released, and Maazel, 84, has been advised to cancel his conducting activities until mid-May. Charles Dutoit will conduct the concerts in his place. The programs will remain unchanged.

Dutoit will also fill in for Maazel on the BSO’s ten-day tour of China and Japan next month. The programs will feature violinist Janine Jansen in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and pianist Behzod Abduraimov in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The rest of the tour program will include works by Mozart, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler.

“We are deeply grateful to Charles Dutoit for offering to lead the Boston Symphony Orchestra on its upcoming tour to Japan and China,” said BSO managing director Mark Volpe in a statement.

“The Boston Symphony Orchestra has had the privilege of working regularly with Maestro Dutoit ever since Seiji Ozawa first invited him to conduct the orchestra 33 years ago. His outstanding rapport with the orchestra and undeniable engagement with our audiences have made him one of the orchestra’s most popular guest conductors, so we are certain that the BSO is in good hands to bring its tour audiences the very best of what it has to offer,” he added.

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