Due to the need for further recuperation from recent back surgery, BSO Music Director James Levine is withdrawing from his scheduled concerts with Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra until further notice, according to a release just received by BMInt.
The opening night performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 , “Resurrection,” on July 9 will be led by Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, who will also conduct Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms on July 16. The next night, Thomas will lead the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.
Canadian Opera Company Music Director Johannes Debus, in his BSO debut, will conduct Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, slated for July 23; Austrian conductor Hans Graf, Music Director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, will lead the Viennese Strauss family’s music on July 25; and Christoph von Dohnányi will lead the staged Tanglewood Music Center production of Strauss’s Ariadne aux Naxos on August 1 and 2.
BSO management has not yet secured a substitute conductor for the program of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, with Soprano Hei-Kying Hong, on July 31.
“This has been a tough year for all of us associated with the BSO, but for no one more than James Levine,” said BSO Managing Director Mark Volpe. “Jim’s determination to successfully complete his course of rehabilitation has been remarkable — and reminds me of the singular focus he has brought to his greatest musical achievements over the years. We have deep admiration and respect for all Jim has accomplished with the BSO, and we look forward to next season when he is in better health and returns to what he loves doing more than anything else—leading performances of the highest, uncompromised standards.”
James Levine, BSO Music Director, said, “My doctors have told me I have made great progress—even beyond their expectations—but have advised me to err on the side of caution and take the summer off to recuperate more fully from the two back surgeries of this past year. The most important thing is to not risk any delay in my recovery so I can return to good health and my conducting duties at the BSO and MET this fall without further interruptions.”