Seiji Ozawa Withdraws From Paris Concerts for Health Reasons

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Veteran conductor Seiji Ozawa has cancelled, for health reasons, two concerts with the Orchestre national de France (ONF) in Paris late next month.

The November 28 concert has been cancelled altogether; for the November 30 program (at the Th_ê¢tre des Champs-Elys_es), Romanian-Austrian conductor Ion Marin will conduct Henri Dutilleux's M_taboles, Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 with soloist Stephen Kovacevich, and the "Organ" Symphony (No. 3) by Saint SaêŠns.

The ONF's announcement referred to nothing more specific than "the health problems" that Ozawa has been suffering recently. The 71-year-old conductor, longtime music director of the Boston Symphony and since 2002 chief conductor of the Vienna State Opera, withdrew from a series of performances in the first half of 2006 due to bouts of bronchitis and shingles.


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