Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony and the Philharmonic's former conductor, was to lead an all-Gershwin program at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has been replaced with Chelsea Tipton II, resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony.
The program, which is unchanged, includes Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and selections from Porgy and Bess; the latter features soprano Cynthia Haymon, tenor Michael Forest, baritone Kevin Deas, and the Total Praise Choir of Emmanuel Baptist Church. Leon Bates is the pianist for Rhapsody in Blue.
The concert marks the end of the Philharmonic's two-year 50th-anniversary celebration.