Canadian audiences are biting their fingernails about the Black Creek Festival, which has cancelled several events.
Among the dates in jeopardy are three concerts of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, played by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lorin Maazel. Between one Friday rehearsal in Toronto and Saturday performance, Mr Maazel will also conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Tanglewood. How does he do that? Here’s the festival’s version of his schedule:
He will rehearse the LSO in Toronto on Friday, August 26, fly by private jet to Boston that night and conduct the BSO rehearsal Saturday afternoon and then head immediately to Toronto for that evening’s performance. We’ve known about his other commitments from the beginning and have scheduled his BlackCreek dates accordingly.
Mr Maazel is 81 years old. What’s he trying to prove? I’ve asked him the question several times and never got a satisfactory answer. Maybe this is it: