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Conductor withdraws from BSO concerts for health reasons

Kurt Masur leading the New York Philharmonic. (File photo: Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times)

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Citing health reasons, conductor Kurt Masur has canceled his appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood Festival Chorus in three performances of Beethoven’s monumental “Missa Solemnis,” starting tonight. Details about the maestro’s condition were not available. Masur will be replaced in all of the Boston concerts by TFC conductor John Oliver. Masur has also withdrawn from the BSO’s Carnegie Hall performance of the work scheduled for March 6. His replacement for the New York Concert has not yet been announced.

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