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New baton in Vienna

The Vienna Philharmonic’s having a rocky ride with its Japan tour. First, Seiji Ozawa fell ill. He was replaced by Andris Nelsons and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Now Salonen has pulled out.

Looks like Franz Welser-Möst, the new Opera chief, will fly in to save the tour along with the ever-willing Georges Pretre.

Salonen’s Vienna concert is being taken over by Andres Orozco-Estrada.

Who’s that? He’s 33, a hot young Colombian at the Tonkünstler orchestra of Lower Austria, as well as the Basque symphony orchestra in Spain. Looks like he’s going places. Fast.

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