Ailing Oliver Knussen to Miss Carnegie Hall Appearance

Classic Arts News   Ailing Oliver Knussen to Miss Carnegie Hall Appearance
Composer and conductor Oliver Knussen, who was to lead a concert of new music at Carnegie Hall on March 5, has withdrawn because he is ill, Carnegie Hall announced.

The concert at Carnegie's Zankel Hall will include two of Knussen's works, including the American premiere of A Fragment of Ophelia's Last Dance, as well as the American premieres of Alexander Goehr's Marching to Carcassonne and Charles Wuorinen's Cyclops. The program also includes contemporary music by Colin Matthews, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and George Benjamin.

Brad Lubman, a composer and a new-music veteran, will replace Knussen on the podium. The concert will also feature pianist Peter Serkin and the Zankel Band, the house orchestra of Carnegie's newest auditorium.

Knussen has not yet canceled any other appearances, his manager said.

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