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Breaking: Boston’s maestro is concussed in Bayreuth

Andris Nelsons, new chief conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has been laid out with concussion after being hit on the head by a door in Bayreuth. He is in hospital in Germany and has been forbidden to fly for a while.

He will miss Tanglewood this weekend.

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24-hour UPDATE here.
Statement from Mark Volpe, BSO Managing Director:
“Due to a household accident that has resulted in a severe concussion,
Andris Nelsons will not be able to conduct the Verdi Requiem at
Tanglewood on July 27. Over the weekend, Mr. Nelsons was struck in the
head by a door that unexpectedly swung open at his residence in
Bayreuth, Germany, where he has been conducting at the festival. Mr.
Nelsons is currently receiving medical attention at a hospital in
Bayreuth. His doctors report that he is expected to make a full
recovery but, as always with concussions, Mr. Nelsons has been
strongly advised to take time out of his work schedule and not travel
by plane at all at this time. It is therefore with a heavy heart that
he is forced to withdraw from his Tanglewood performance.

Though this is disappointing news to all of us at the BSO, as well to
the orchestra’s many supporters, we have every expectation that Mr.
Nelsons will recover as quickly as possible and that we will see him
in Boston in October for his scheduled concerts at Symphony Hall. Our
thoughts are with Mr. Nelsons during this time of healing and

Statement from Andris Nelsons, recently appointed the next Boston
Symphony Orchestra Music Director, starting in the 2014-15 season:
“Truly, I feel a great sense of sadness at not being able to come to
Tanglewood this week to conduct the Verdi Requiem and to spend time
amongst our great musical family, including Tanglewood’s wonderfully
supportive audience. I will miss you all and am very sorry indeed that
this very unfortunate accident prevents me from being there. I am
grateful to be receiving the best possible medical attention and am
currently resting well. I promise I will recover as soon as possible
and very much look forward to coming back in good shape for my
performances with the orchestra in October in Boston.”

An announcement about who will conduct Tanglewood’s July 27
performance of the Verdi Requiem will be forthcoming.

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  1. Cassandra Riis says:

    And so is Verdi. it’s a Wagnerian curse.

  2. Daniel Farber says:

    This Orchestra seems star-crossed: is it, finally and at long last, payback time for not hiring Bernstein after Koussevitsky??

  3. I hope everything’s fine!

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