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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel bows out of this week’s BSO concerts

Gustavo Dudamel and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall.Hilary Scott

Gustavo Dudamel, the artistic director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, has withdrawn from remaining upcoming concerts in his scheduled two-week stint with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. According to a statement provided by the BSO, the Venezuelan conductor is cancelling on the advice of his doctor, because of complications from a hand and arm injury. He sustained it from a fall in December.

Dudamel, 38, who on April 5 and 6 conducted a program of Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, “Spring,” and Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” expressed his regrets in a statement. “I . . . was so looking forward to this coming week’s performances of music by [Paul] Desenne, [Alberto] Ginastera, and [Antonio] Estévez — three composers dear to my heart,” he said. “With apologies to Boston’s wonderful orchestra and audience, I look forward to returning to Symphony Hall in future seasons to continue our fantastic music-making for all those devoted to this remarkable orchestra!”


BSO associate conductor Ken-David Masur will replace Dudamel for the remaining performance of Schumann and Stravinsky, on April 9.

For concerts on April 11-13, Dudamel had curated a highly anticipated program of South American composers and soloists, which was to have included the first-ever BSO performances of any works by Desenne and Estévez. In the revised program, Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture” will replace Desenne’s 2014 “Hipnosis Mariposa,” and Argentinian pianist Sergio Tiempo will perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G instead of Ginastera’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Masur will conduct both pieces. The BSO Casual Fridays concert on April 12 will omit the Berlioz.

In the second half of the concert, Antonio Estévez’s “Cantata Criolla” will be performed as scheduled, but BSO choral director James Burton will lead the performance, featuring tenor Aquiles Machado, baritone Gustavo Castillo, and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Zoë Madonna


Zoë Madonna can be reached at zoe.madonna@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @knitandlisten. Madonna’s work is supported by the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.