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Changes Announced for Boston Symphony Orchestra Concerts

Carnegie Hall today announced that conductors Marcelo Lehninger, Roberto Abbado, and Andris Nelsons will graciously step in for conductor James Levine, leading performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on March 15, 16, and 17 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage.

As previously announced, Mr. Levine must regrettably withdraw from these performances as he is experiencing ill effects from a recent procedure addressing ongoing back issues, further complicated by a viral infection.

In addition, violinist Joshua Bell will appear as soloist for the BSO's March 16 program, performing Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. Mr. Bell kindly replaces pianist Maurizio Pollini, who unfortunately must cancel his appearance due to the flu.

BSO Assistant Conductor Marcelo Lehninger will lead the orchestra on Tuesday, March 15 at 8 PM. As previously announced, violinist Christian Tetzlaff will be featured as soloist on all three of the program's works, including the New York premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's Violin Concerto. The program also includes Mozart's Rondo for Violin and Orchestra in C Major, K. 373 and Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2.

Conductor Roberto Abbado will conduct a newly-announced program to include Haydn's Symphony No. 93, Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 on Wednesday, March 16 at 8 PM. Violinist Joshua Bell is soloist for this performance, replacing pianist Maurizio Pollini.

Conductor Andris Nelsons steps in for Maestro Levine on Thursday, March 17 at 8 PM, leading the BSO in Mahler's Symphony No. 9, the previously announced program.

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