Yannick Nézet-Séguin Cancels Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts

By Francisco Salazar

The Philadelphia Orchestra has announced a conductor change for its upcoming concerts.

The orchestra said that Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is sick and will not lead the world-premiere performance of a John Luther Adams piece in Verizon Hall and Carnegie Hall.

As a result, three conductors will split the podium. The Thursday premiere performance of Adams’ “Vespers of the Blessed Earth” in Verizon Hall will mark the Philadelphia Orchestra conducting debut of Donald Nally, leader of the Crossing choir. He will also conduct the Adams work in Carnegie Hall on Friday night and in two Philadelphia performances on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2.

Marin Alsop will conduct the second half of the program on Thursday in Philadelphia and Friday in New York. Orchestra conducting fellow Austin Chanu will lead the second half of the program on Saturday and Sunday in Verizon Hall.

This is the latest cancelation for Nézet-Séguin this week as he also bowed out of a performance at the Metropolitan Opera on March 28.