Conductor and New Father David Robertson Pulls Out of This Week's St. Louis Symphony Concerts

Classic Arts News   Conductor and New Father David Robertson Pulls Out of This Week's St. Louis Symphony Concerts
 
There's been a blessed event out in St. Louis — a pair of them, actually. On September 15, David Robertson, music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and his wife, pianist Orli Shaham, had twin boys, Nathan Glenn Robertson and Alex Jacob Robertson.

Mother and sons are doing fine. So's Dad, basically, though he's pulled out of this week's SLSO concerts. Robertson did conduct the orchestra's season-opening performances on September 22 and 23 (fittingly, the program included Christopher Rouse's Rapture), but this week the maestro is citing fatigue and new father duties.

SLSO assistant conductor Scott Parkman took over last night's free outdoor concert in St. Louis's Forest Park. This weekend's performances will be led by San Diego Symphony music director Jahja Ling. The program remains as announced: Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, Frank Martin's Concerto for Seven Winds and Orchestra, and Brahms's Second Symphony. (Information and tickets are available at www.slso.org.)

And have no fear, Robertson still intends to conduct the Lucerne Festival Orchestra for Carnegie Hall's season openers next week.

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