Sicklist: Dohnanyi can’t make Cleveland

Sicklist: Dohnanyi can’t make Cleveland


norman lebrecht

January 14, 2017

The much-loved former music director is too fluish to fly:

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced a conductor update for February 9, 10 and 11. Christoph von Dohnányi, upon the advice of his physician, cannot travel at this time due to the flu and has regretfully cancelled his engagement to lead the Orchestra in Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”) and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde . Conductor Donald Runnicles will perform in Mr. Dohnányi’s place.

In Boston, he will be replaced by Juanjo Mena.


  • DrummerMan says:

    I don’t mean to make light of someone’s illness but if it’s “just” the flu, presumably it would not take four weeks for him to be cured of it unless there other underlying health issues.

    • Joel stein says:

      At 87 a few weeks to recover shouldn’t be a surprise

    • Alexander Hall says:

      He had to cancel a planned appearance in London with the Philharmonia last October because of complications following surgical intervention for cataracts, so in all probability it is not just the flu.