Golijov concerto won't arrive in time for Philadelphia Orchestra

A new violin concerto promised to the Philadelphia Orchestra won't be done in time for its January premiere, Carnegie Hall announced Thursday.

“Regardless of how they fare later in life, some works have a pleasant birth, while others a difficult one,” said composer Osvaldo Golijov in a prepared statement. “The violin concerto belongs to the second type, and I can only hope that when it is ready to see the world, it will be worthy of the artistry of Leonidas Kavakos, as well as that of the other artists and presenters who entrusted me with its creation.”

Mid-January performances had been scheduled in Philadelphia and New York with Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducting. Violinist Leonidas Kavakos will perform Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in its stead.