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Joshua Weilerstein replaces Charles Dutoit in NY Philharmonic series

Andrew Hurlbut

Joshua Weilerstein was appointed assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic in 2011.

By Andrew R. Chow New York Times 

New England Conservatory graduate Joshua Weilerstein will conduct a series of New York Philharmonic concerts this month, after Charles Dutoit stepped down from the podium following sexual assault allegations.

The Associated Press reported on Dec. 21 that four women claimed that Dutoit sexually assaulted them in incidents between 1985 and 2010.

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He denied the accusations, but nevertheless had ties cut to several orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where he was a guest conductor, and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, where he was artistic director and principal conductor.

Dutoit, 81, had also been tapped to conduct the New York Philharmonic’s Ravel-centered program, Jan. 17-20, which will include performances of “Le tombeau de Couperin,” “Valses nobles et sentimentales,” and the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist.

Now Weilerstein, who is Dutoit’s junior by roughly half a century, will take over, with the scheduled program unchanged.

Weilerstein was appointed assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic in 2011. He is the artistic director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in Switzerland.