Ravi Shankar withdraws from Disney Hall concert, again
In October, Ravi Shankar canceled his concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall for health reasons and rescheduled for April. Now Shankar has canceled once again, citing a visa problem with one of his ensemble members.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced Wednesday that the Shankar concert scheduled for April 19 has been postponed until Sept. 29. Tickets for the April 19 concert -- or for the original Oct. 20 concert -- will be valid for the new date.
Shankar said in a statement released by the L.A. Philharmonic:
"It is with deep regret that I have asked the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association to postpone my concert scheduled for April 19. As you know, this upcoming concert was already re-scheduled from October 20 for reasons of my health. Now I have asked that it be re-scheduled again. This time, the reason is due to visa complications with a trusted member of my ensemble.
"To give you the best possible performance, I feel the only option is to postpone our concert. I am honored to be performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall, one of the great concert halls of the world. I hope you will join me on September 29, 2011."
Shankar's concert was supposed to celebrate his 90th birthday, which took place last year. His daughter, Anoushka Shankar, was scheduled to appear alongside her father at Disney Hall. In February, Anoushka Shankar gave birth to a son, Zubin Shankar Wright, with her husband, filmmaker Joe Wright.
-- David Ng
Photos: Top, Ravi Shankar. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times. Bottom, Disney Hall. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times