Critic’s Choice

April 9, 2019 at 8:50 pm

By Aaron Keebaugh

Sergio Tiempo

Sergio Tiempo

Gustavo Dudamel has pulled out of this week’s Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts due to the lingering effects of a hand and arm injury he suffered in December. BSO associate conductor Ken-David Masur and James Burton will step in to lead music by Ravel, Berlioz and Antonio Estévez.

Argentine pianist Sergio Tiempo will make his BSO debut with Ravel’s jazz-laced Piano Concerto in G instead of the originally scheduled Piano Concerto No. 1 by Alberto Ginastera. Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture will open the program in place of Paul Desenne’s Hipnosis Mariposa.

The focus will remain upon Estévez’s Cantata Criolla, a little-heard score from 1954 that explores the fraught relationship between good and evil. Burton, director of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus,  will conduct this week’s performances, which will also feature tenor Aquiles Machado, baritone Gustavo Castillo, alongside the TFC.

Performances take place 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Symphony Hall. The Ravel and Estévez works will be performed on the Casual Friday concert at 8 p.m. bso.org; 888-266-1200

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This week, the Du Bois Orchestra will offer the belated world premiere of Florence Price’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, a thirty-minute setting of Vachel Lindsay’s poem. The Lyricora Choir will join soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper in this latest discovery from one of America’s most neglected composers.

Rounding out the program will be Verdi’s Nabucco Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Nathaniel Meyer conducts.

The performance will take place 8 p.m. Friday at First Church, Cambridge. duboisorchestra.org

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