Esa-Pekka Salonen Cancels This Week's Concerts With Orchestre de Paris | Playbill

Classic Arts News Esa-Pekka Salonen Cancels This Week's Concerts With Orchestre de Paris
Esa-Pekka Salonen has withdrawn from two concerts in which he was to conduct the Orchestre de Paris tonight and tomorrow night at the Salle Pleyel in the French capital. The orchestra announced late last week that Salonen was obliged to pull out of the performances for health reasons; the chief spokesperson for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, of which Salonen is music director, subsequently confirmed to PlaybillArts that the conductor is suffering from back pain but expects to return to conducting soon.
On the Salle Pleyel podium in Salonen's place will be Ilan Volkov. The 30-year-old Israeli is currently chief conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; he has already guest-conducted, among many others ensembles, the NDR and Boston Symphonies and the London, Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics.

The program remains as planned: Sibelius's Finlandia, Bart‹k's Miraculous Mandarin Suite and excerpts from Berlioz's "dramatic symphony" Rom_o et Juliette.

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