Injury to Pianist Louis Lortie Forces Cancellation of Three Appearances

Classic Arts News   Injury to Pianist Louis Lortie Forces Cancellation of Three Appearances
A hand injury forced pianist Louis Lortie to withdraw from two performances with the Oregon Symphony earlier this week, a representative for the pianist confirmed. Lortie will also miss a planned appearance tonight in California.

The representative said today that Lortie had experienced sharp pain in his right hand and arm on Sunday, October 3, and had decided not to play rather than risk further injury. Lortie is consulting with his doctor in Berlin today.

Lortie expects to recover fully, the representative emphasized.

Tonight's performance, at Stanford University's Dinkelspiel Auditorium, was to include solo works by Schubert, Liszt, Berlioz, and Ravel.

According to the Portland Oregonian, Oregon Symphony executives learned on October 3 at 6 p.m. that Lortie would not be able to perform Rachmaninoff's virtuosic Third Piano Concerto either at that night's concert or the following evening.

After a hurried conference, orchestra officials and musicians decided to substitute Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony for the concerto at Sunday's concert. Meanwhile, artistic administrator Charles Calmer began searching for a pianist to perform the "Rach 3" on Monday.

At noon on Monday, pianist Yakov Kasman, a faculty member at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, agreed to step in, and rushed to make a plane that would get him to Portland an hour before the concert. After seven minutes of rehearsal and a brief discussion with conductor Carlos Kalmar, Kasman performed the famously difficult solo part to an enthusiastic reception, the Oregonian says.

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