Ian Bostridge Cancels US Recitals in December

Classic Arts News   Ian Bostridge Cancels US Recitals in December
Due to family obligations, tenor Ian Bostridge has cancelled two US concerts scheduled for mid-December. The all-Schubert programs, given with pianist Julius Drake, were to be on December 10 at Baltimore's Shriver Hall and December 13 in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

While his cancellations may be disappointing, both Carnegie and Shriver have lined up impressive alternatives.

Carnegie Hall won't be able to present another song recital on the same date, but the venue has arranged a replacement concert by tenor Ben Heppner with pianist Thomas Muraco on October 25. The program, which features songs by Grieg, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Paolo Tosti, will be Heppner's first solo recital in New York since 1999. All tickets for the December 13 event will be honored for the October 25 concert.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Shriver Hall has engaged mezzo Stephanie Blythe to fill in for Bostridge on December 10. She and pianist Warren Jones will give a concert of songs by Brahms, Duparc and de Falla — the same program, in fact, that they're giving at Carnegie on December 7.

Information on these and other concerts at the two venues is available at www.carnegiehall.org and www.shriverconcerts.org.

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