Tanglewood Festival's Disabled List Grows as Artists Drop Out

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra (Stu Rosner)

Less than 24 hours after the Boston Symphony Orchestra's incoming music director Andris Nelsons canceled a weekend appearance at Tanglewood due to a freak household accident, the festival on Tuesday announced two further cancellations.

The conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, who was scheduled to perform this Friday and Sunday, has cancelled due to an inner ear infection. Additionally, the bass Ferruccio Furlanetto has pulled out from a performance of the Verdi Requiem with the BSO, citing a bad cold.

Nelsons pulled out from the same Verdi performance after he collided with a door that unexpectedly swung open at his residence in Bayreuth, Germany. He was hospitalized with a concussion and doctors advised him against airplane travel. Conductor Carlo Montanaro will take the baton in Nelson's place on Saturday.

Edo de Waart will replace Eschenbach on the podium on Friday, and Garrick Ohlsson will step in for him as a piano soloist on Sunday. Ludovic Morlot, the conductor of the Seattle Symphony, will replace Eschenbach on the podium on Sunday.

Bass Eric Owens is to fill in for Furlanetto.

Health problems forced Nelsons' predecessor, James Levine, to resign. At 34, Nelson is much younger and is known for his physical vitality. Saturday's performance was to be his first with the BSO since his appointment in May.

With the Associated Press


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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama institute, Boonton, NJ

The theater is replete with performers and maestri suffering bodily harm from contraptions, on and off stage, meant to heighten the theatrical illusion and it is no wonder considering that nowadays the show-stopping production number is THE key to the theater's, entertainment's, crowning achievement. On another concern health-wise many performers have poor eating scenarios. Beethoven and Rossini had syphilis, Donizetti and Schumann and Chopin had nervous breakdowns. Moussorgsky was a drunkard. Despite all their individual self-made detrimental activities they nevertheless managed to achieve important breakthroughs in their own UNICO methodolgies. They would all have benefitted from more physical activities, less sedentary life styles.

Aug. 07 2013 10:42 AM

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