Conductors - Sidelined and Recovering

While we're awaiting further word on the condition of Riccardo Muti, once again sidelined in Chicago, word comes that Vladimir Jurowski has canceled his week with the Cleveland Orchestra. Jurowski was to have led the ensemble Feb. 11, 12 and 13 in Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony - the piece he led here a couple of seasons ago that convinced so many listeners that a special partnership had been forged - but called in sick.

Which leaves us concerned about his Feb. 18, 19 and 20 dates with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

But not to worry, we're told by a Jurowski rep. The conductor was ill with the flu in London, but will have had two weeks' rest at home before his Philadelphia dates. The program promises to be a thriller: Wagner's Prelude to Parsifal, Prokofiev Symphony No. 6 and the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Lisa Batiashvili.

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