Gunther Herbig to step in for ailing Jiri Belohlavek at Baltimore Symphony
Drat the luck.
I've been waiting patiently for a substantial dose of Janacek in Baltimore Symphony programming, and 10 days before one was due, it has been yanked away.
Turns out that distinguished Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek had some sort of accident over the holidays and his doctor advised rest, which meant canceling on the Beethoven-Dvorak-Janacek program he was to have performed with the BSO Jan. 22-24.
In stepped Gunther Herbig, the always welcome German-born conductor, a frequent BSO podium guest. But he, alas, must not have either Dvorak’s "Othello" Overture or Janacek’s "Taras Bulba" in his rep, 'cause they're both off the program, replaced with the Schumann Fourth. The Beethoven works remain the same: "Coriolan" and, with the fab Garrick Ohlsson, Piano Concerto No. 3.
I hope someone is feverishly trying to make amends by getting a big Janacek work or two into the BSO's yet-to-be-announced 2010-11 season. "Glagolitic Mass," anyone?
PHOTO OF GUNTHER HERBIG COURTESY OF BSO