Temirkanov will miss his return to podium

November 03, 2003|By Tim Smith

Yuri Temirkanov, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will not be on the podium this week as scheduled "so that he may undergo a routine medical procedure," according to a statement released by orchestra management over the weekend.

Temirkanov is expected to resume his BSO schedule next week, rehearsing and conducting a program devoted to Sergei Prokofiev's score for the classic Sergei Eisenstein film Alexander Nevsky, performed in synch with the film.

Last week, Temirkanov completed a month-long tour with his other orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, which began in Asia and concluded in Berlin. He is due today in Baltimore, where he will undergo the minor procedure later this week.

Temirkanov's most recent BSO appearance was in May. The coming program, which includes a Mozart piano concerto (with soloist Christian Blackshaw in his BSO debut) and selections from Act 2 of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, was to have been the first of three in a row that Temirkanov would conduct in November.

Performances of the Mozart/Prokofiev program on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, part of the orchestra's "Favorites Series," will be conducted instead by BSO assistant conductor Lara Webber.

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