Rostropovich Withdraws From National Symphony's Upcoming Shostakovich Mini-Festival

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Mstislav Rostropovich has withdrawn from two weekends of concerts he was to conduct with the National Symphony Orchestra next month in honor of the Shostakovich centennial.

According to a report in The Washington Post, the Washington, D.C.-based orchestra announced on Friday (October 20) that Rostropovich is under doctors' orders not to fly from his home in Russia to the United States at this time. He will reportedly be undergoing medical tests in upcoming days.

Rostropovich, the NSO's Conductor Laureate, was to conduct three all-Shostakovich programs between November 2 and 11, featuring the Eighth and Tenth Symphonies as well as concertos for violin, cello and piano; soloists were to include Maxim Vengerov, Martha Argerich and Yo-Yo Ma.

The National Symphony hopes to reschedule the programs, Rostropovich's health permitting.

For the concerts November 2-4, Pinchas Zukerman will appear as both conductor and violin soloist; the revised program includes the Prelude to Wagner's Die Meistersinger, Bruch's Kol Nidrei for cello and orchestra — featuring Zukerman's wife, Amanda Forsyth, as soloist — Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 and Beethoven's Second Symphony.

On November 9-10, Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole and La noche de los mayas by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. On November 9 and 10, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg will join Harth-Bedoya and the NSO for Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto; on November 11, as previously planned, Yo-Yo Ma will perform Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1.

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