Conductor Günther Herbig to Replace Jiří Bělohlávek for BSO Concerts, Jan. 22-24
First half of program remains unchanged;
Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 replaces Dvořák’s Othello Overture and Janáček’s Taras Bulba
Due to back injuries sustained in an accident over the holiday season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra regrets to announce that Jiří Bělohlávek has cancelled his upcoming engagement to conduct the BSO and pianist Garrick Ohlsson in the January 22-24, 2010 concerts.
In his place, the BSO is pleased to welcome back internationally acclaimed German conductor Günther Herbig. Maestro Herbig is a frequent collaborator with the Baltimore Symphony, having conducted the Orchestra more than 20 times over the past 20 years, most recently leading Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in June 2009. The first half of the program will remain unchanged, featuring Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and the distinguished pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3. In the program’s second half, Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 will replace the previously scheduled Dvořák’s Othello Overture and Janáček’s Taras Bulba.
Though the injuries were such that Maestro Bělohlávek’s doctor recommended rest, he does expect to make a full recovery and be back on the podium within a few weeks.
About Günther Herbig
Günther Herbig left the challenging political environment of East Germany and moved to the United States in 1984, where he has since conducted all of the top-tier orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chicago, Boston and San Francisco symphony orchestras. Mr. Herbig has been the music director of the Detroit Symphony and the Toronto Symphony, principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and general music director of both the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is artistic advisor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan and principal guest conductor of Las Palmas in the Grand Canaries, Spain.