Indisposition season strikes early, affecting soloist for Baltimore Symphony program
Usually, illness-caused cancellations don't start hitting orchestras and opera companies until the winter, when flu bugs seem to target singers, instrumental soloists and conductors with particular vengeance. But the indisposition season has begun to affect our part of the world already.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday that mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has had to cancel her scheduled appearance with the ensemble and music director Marin Alsop on Thursday, when she was to have performed rarely encountered songs by Alma Mahler, wife of Gustav.
(Gustav famously made Alma give up composing when they married, but relented after a session with Sigmund Freud -- a topic that will be explored in greater detail over the weekend in a BSO program called "Analyze This").
Stepping in on short notice for Thursday's concert is
In addition to the Alma Mahler songs, Thursday's fascinating program includes the Adagio from Gustav's unfinished Symphony No. 10 and his arrangement of Beethoven's "Leonore" Overture No. 3. In keeping with the unfinished there, there will also be what you could call a conjectural performance -- the first movement of what would have been Beethoven's Symphony No. 10, reconstructed from fragments by Barry Cooper.
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