Conductor Günther Herbig to Replace Jirí Belohlávek for BSO Concerts, Jan. 22-24
First half of program remains unchanged; Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 replaces Dvorák’s Othello Overture and Janácek’s Taras Bulba
Baltimore, Md. (January 12, 2010)—Due to back injuries sustained in an accident over the holiday season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra regrets to announce that Jirí Belohlávek has cancelled his upcoming engagement to conduct the BSO and pianist Garrick Ohlsson in the January 22-24, 2010 concerts.
In his place, the BSO is pleased to welcome back internationally acclaimed German conductor Günther Herbig. Maestro Herbig is a frequent collaborator with the Baltimore Symphony, having conducted the Orchestra more than 20 times over the past 20 years, most recently leading Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in June 2009. The first half of the program will remain unchanged, featuring Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and the distinguished pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In the program’s second half, Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 will replace the previously scheduled Dvorák’s Othello Overture and Janácek’s Taras Bulba.
Though the injuries were such that Maestro Belohlávek’s doctor recommended rest, he does expect to make a full recovery and be back on the podium within a few weeks.
About Günther Herbig
Günther Herbig left the challenging political environment of East Germany and moved to the United States in 1984, where he has since conducted all of the top-tier orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago, Boston and San Francisco symphony orchestras. Mr. Herbig has been the music director of the Detroit Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and general music director of both the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is artistic advisor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and principal guest conductor of Las Palmas in the Grand Canaries, Spain.
About Garrick Ohlsson
Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Although he has long been regarded as one of the world's leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, Mr. Ohlsson commands an enormous repertoire, which ranges over the entire piano literature.
In recognition of the bicentenary of Chopin's birthday Mr. Ohlsson will present a series of all-Chopin recital programs in Seattle, Berkeley and La Jolla culminating at Lincoln Center in fall and winter of 2010. Other highlights during the 2009-2010 season include Martinu's rarely performed Concerto No. 4 with the New York Philharmonic and the BBC Scottish Symphony as well as appearances with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Vancouver, Indianapolis, San Diego, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. He will be heard in solo recital in Chicago, Fort Worth, Philadelphia and in a special gala concert to be presented in Chopin's birth house in Warsaw. Mr. Ohlsson's debut in Russia will take place during St. Petersburg's winter festival in December, when he appears both in recital and with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
COMPLETE CONCERT DETAILS
Classical Concert: Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto
Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.—Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.—The Music Center at Strathmore
Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.—Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Günther Herbig, conductor
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3
Schumann: Symphony No. 4
Tickets for these performances range from $25 to $80 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 877.BSO.1444, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.