22 July 2013

Andris Nelsons, Suffering Concussion, Forced to Withdraw From First Concert with Boston Symphony Orchestra Since Being Named New Music Director

Andris Nelsons, who was named in May as the new music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been forced to withdraw from a July 27 performance of the Verdi Requiem at the Tanglewood Festival after suffering a severe concussion in a household accident, the orchestra announced today.

"Over the weekend, Mr. Nelsons was struck in the head by a door that unexpectedly swung open at his residence in Bayreuth, Germany, where he has been conducting at the festival," Mark Volpe, the BSO's managing director said in a statement issued today by the orchestra. "Mr. Nelsons is currently receiving medical attention at a hospital in Bayreuth. His doctors report that he is expected to make a full recovery but, as always with concussions, Mr. Nelsons has been strongly advised to take time out of his work schedule and not travel by plane at all at this time. It is therefore with a heavy heart that he is forced to withdraw from his Tanglewood performance. Though this is disappointing news to all of us at the BSO, as well to the orchestra's many supporters, we have every expectation that Mr. Nelsons will recover as quickly as possible and that we will see him in Boston in October for his scheduled concerts at Symphony Hall. Our thoughts are with Mr. Nelsons during this time of healing and recovery."

Nelsons, who will be the youngest music director to lead the BSO in more than a century when he assumes the BSO post during the 2014-15 season, will serve as the BSO's music director designate during the company's 2013-14 season. The July 27 Requiem performance was to have marked his first time leading the BSO since being named as its music director; the performance will still feature Nelsons' wife, soprano Kristīne Opolais, singing the Requiem's soprano part. For the forthcoming season, Nelsons remains slated to lead October concerts featuring soloist Paul Lewis, as well as a concert performance of Salome in March 2014.

According to the BSO, news of a substitute conductor for the July 27 concert is forthcoming. spacer

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