Christoph von Dohnanyi, who has been unwell since the start of the year, has called off next month’s Pittsburgh date.
But here’s the surprise: his replacement is Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil music director, who hardly ever conducts any other US orchestra.
Among many unanswered questions, how can the deficit-dragging Pittsburgh Symphony afford so expensive a substitute? And what’s Dude’s game? It’s a bread-and-butter concert (prog below). Where’s the beefsteak?
Strauss: Don Juan, Opus 20
Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Opus 67
UPDATE: Dohnanyi will be replaced at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Neeme Järvi.