Zubin Mehta has suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to cancel all his conducting commitments of the next months. The concert of the Symphonic Season in January will be conducted by Manfred Honeck in substitution. The program will be announced as soon as possible, always centered on Viennese Waltzes.
Due to preceding commitments of M° Honeck, the first of the three dates will be anticipated. The definitive dates are hence Sunday 7 January (Turn A), Thursday 11 (Turn B) and Friday 12. Tickets and subscriptions for the 8th January will be held valid for the performance on the 7th January without any replacement.
I am sorry to announce that Edita Gruberova will not be singing in the concerts on the 7, 11 and 12 January 2018. She had exceptionally accepted to participate in consideration of her personal friendship with M° Mehta, but renounced when he had to undergo surgery for his shoulder injury. The three concerts, dedicated to Viennese music along the same lines of the Vienna New Year Concert, will be conducted by Manfred Honeck that is one of the most distinguished conductors in the Viennese repertoire, being a regular guest of the Wiener Philharmoniker and Symphoniker and as Principal Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony. In particular, I wanted to include in the three evenings some extracts from the famous comic opera Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron) by Johann Strauss II and I am happy to announce the participation of soprano Mandy Fredrich (celebrated for her Queen of the Night under the baton of M° Harnoncourt in Salzburg), mezzo-soprano Judit Kutasi (Madelon in Andrea Chénier conducted by Riccardo Chailly) and tenor Tomislav Mužek, applauded by the Milanese public in Moïse et Pharaon and Rinaldo. I am confident that, with this additional “color”, this concert will be a splendid occasion to celebrate the New Year together.
Best wishes and regards,
at 8:00pm Symphony Season A
at 8:00pm Symphony Season B
at 8:00pm Symphony Season C