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Conductor Jaap van Zweden cancels Disney Hall appearances

April 26, 2011 | 12:10 pm

Zweden The Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden has canceled his three appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this weekend due to illness, the orchestra announced on Tuesday. The concerts will continue as scheduled from Friday to Sunday but with a revised program and with David Afkham filling in for the sick conductor.

The concerts will feature performances of Prokofiev's "Sinfonia concertante" as well as two pieces by Beethoven -- the "Coriolan" overture and Symphony No. 5. (The previously scheduled program was to include Rudolf Escher's "Musique pour l’esprit en deuil.") The orchestra's principal cellist, Peter Stumpf, will still appear as a soloist.

Afkham is a Dudamel conducting fellow with the L.A. Philharmonic and serves as assistant conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Van Zweden holds top conducting positions at the Dallas Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra. He appeared last year at Disney Hall in a concert that included music by Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Johan Wagenaar.

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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Jaap van Zweden. Credit: Marco Borggreve / Dallas Symphony

Photo (bottom): Disney Hall. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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