The premiere was to have featured Lieberson's wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; baritone Gerald Finley; and the New York Choral Artists. Performances were scheduled as part of the orchestra's Hear and Now lecture series on May 24 and subscription concerts May 25-27.
Hear and Now will instead feature Elliott Carter's Allegro Scorrevole, conducted by Ludovic Morlot. Carter will be present to discuss the work with host Steven Stucky. At the subscription concerts, Lieberson's piece will be replaced by Mahler's Symphony No. 1, led by Lorin Maazel.
Poor health has forced Lorraine Hunt Lieberson to cancel numerous appearances over the last year, including the San Francisco Opera premiere of John Adams' Doctor Atomic in October. But she did not miss any performances of Neruda Songs, an orchestral song cycle written for her by her husband, which premiered in Los Angeles last May and was heard in Boston and New York in November.