This coming Saturday night was meant to be a banner evening at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Instead, a series of accidents and illnesses has left the Boston Symphony Orchestra scrambling for last-minute replacements.
When the Latvian-born conductor Andris Nelsons was announced as the next music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra earlier this year, the thirty-four year old was presented as a vibrant, energized successor to James Levine, whose frequent health-related cancellations were a regular concern.
But the orchestra can’t seem to catch a break on the health front. On Saturday, Nelsons was due to make a homecoming appearance at Tanglewood, conducting Verdi’s popular “Requiem,” heard here in a version by La Scala Theater Orchestra. But he cancelled after sustaining a concussion when a door hit him in the head over the weekend.
Before a replacement was even announced, the orchestra learned that two other key guests for this weekend also had to cancel. The other guest conductor contracted an inner ear infection, and a featured vocalist came down with a bad cold. Nelsons is expected to recover in time for his next scheduled appearance with Boston Symphony, in October at Symphony Hall.