Yannick Nézet-Séguin Withdraws From Philadelphia Orchestra Concerts

By Francisco Salazar

Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin has postponed his return to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center due to family reasons.

The organization announced that Nézet-Séguin had postponed his return to the festival due to an injury sustained by his partner, Pierre Tourville.

Nézet-Séguin withdrew from the concerts on August 7 and 8 but will return on August 16 and 17 for more concerts in Saratoga.

As a result, Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe will step in to conduct the concerts on August 7 and August 8.

Watanabe will conduct a program that includes mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and music by Rachmaninoff, Chausson, Higdon, Copland, Respighi, and Bates.

Nézet-Séguin has a busy season ahead of him including conducting Puccini’s “Turandot,” Massenet’s “Werther” and Berg’s “Wozzeck” at the Metropolitan Opera.