H_lne Grimaud Withdraws from Caramoor Opening Night

Classic Arts News   H_lne Grimaud Withdraws from Caramoor Opening Night
 
Pianist H_lne Grimaud has withdrawn from her engagement to appear in the opening night concert of the 2007 Caramoor Festival. She had been scheduled to perform Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Orchestra of St. Luke's under conductor Peter Oundjian.

The cancellation is due to illness, according to a press release issued late this afternoon.

Concern about Grimaud's health arose just three days ago, when she had to abandon the stage during a solo recital she was giving at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reported that the incident was connected with a heart arrythmia for which she has been seeking treatment.

Replacing Grimaud at the Caramoor concert on June 23 will be 19-year-old Natasha Paremski, a recipient of the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award. She will perform Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto.

The rest of the program remains unchanged: the overture to Rossini's Barber of Seville and Zoltšn Kodšly's Dances of Galšnta. For more information on this concert and on the entire 2007 Caramoor Festival, visit www.caramoor.org.

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