Pierre Boulez Breaks His Shoulder, Cancels in Lucerne

Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 12:00 PM

The conductor Pierre Boulez has cancelled concerts on Sept. 7 and 9 at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland as the result of a broken shoulder. A festival spokesman declined to say how the injury occurred, or for how long he will be sidelined.

Pablo Heras-Casado, the music director of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, will step in for Boulez in the two concerts, both with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra.

Boulez, 88, cancelled scheduled appearances in March with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, due to an undisclosed medical condition. He underwent eye surgery last year.

The summer of 2013 has seen a spate of injuries in the conducting profession. Marin Alsop, the music director of the Baltimore Symphony, sprained her wrist on July 1 when she fell in a hotel bathroom. She has cancelled her summer shows to date, though she is expected to be back on the podium for the last night of the Proms on Sept. 7.

And Andris Nelsons, the Boston Symphony's incoming music director, suffered a severe concussion on the weekend of July 20 when he was hit in the face by a door in Bayreuth, forcing him to drop out of a concert at the Tanglewood festival.

WQXR will be broadcasting several concerts from this year's Lucerne Festival.

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D Tremper from NJ

I am sorry not only for Mr Boulez, but also the orchestra expecting to perform with him and all the ticket holders who were going to the festival particularly to hear him conduct. May he have a speedy recovery that enables him to resume conducting.

Thank you, QXR for the information.

Aug. 26 2013 07:17 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

BOY, DID I HAVE TYPOS GALORE! My comments should have been: 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. REAL singing talent is very rare today. Dance and the proverbial action activity are today's sine qua non to substitute for the glamor of true acting and singing talents that once charismatically transported viewers and listeners. Luckily, many of the Broadway, classical performers and opera and ballet legends are archivally obtainable. NUREYEV, ETHEL MERMAN, PINZA, MELCHIOR, TOSCANINI, CARUSO, ROSA PONSELLE, FLAGSTAD, CALLAS, TEBALDI, FRANCO CORELLI and BJOERLING are available in their canned versions, no longer physically with us, but their artistry endures in recorded video or audio or both formats.

Aug. 06 2013 08:16 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

theater is replete with performers and maestri suffering bodily harm from cointraptions on and of stage meant tom heighten the theatrical illusion and it is no wonder considering that nowadays the show-stopping production number is the key to the entertainment's crowning achievement. REAL singing talent is very rare today. Dance and the proverbial action activity are today's sine qua non to substitute for the glamor of true acting and singing talents that once charismatically transported viewers and listeners.

Aug. 06 2013 07:32 PM

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