Levine to Miss Another Boston Symphony Concert

Classic Arts News   Levine to Miss Another Boston Symphony Concert
Music director James Levine will miss at least one more Boston Symphony concert because of the bruising he sustained when he tripped leaving the stage after the BSO's performance on March 8.

Managing director Mark Volpe said in a statement released today that Levine continues to experience "considerable soreness and discomfort in his shoulder. As a result, he needs to continue resting from conducting today, and possibly the remainder of the weekend."

"Mr. Levine is extremely disappointed about his continuing absence from the BSO podium, and sincerely hopes to return as soon as possible," Volpe added.

BSO assistant conductor Jens Georg Bachmann, who stepped in for Levine last night, will lead the BSO again this afternoon. The program includes Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9; it is part of Levine's two-year project pairing the music of the two composers.

The BSO said yesterday that Levine had been x-rayed and examined by a doctor and that he had no broken bones as a result of the fall.

After a concert in Boston tomorrow night, Levine is scheduled to lead the BSO on tour to New York, Chicago, Newark, Philadelphia, and Washington starting March 6. He returns to New York to lead the MET Chamber Ensemble on March 19 and resumes performances at the Metropolitan Opera, where he is music director, on March 20.

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