As used to be said of certain unreliable opera stars years ago, conductor Yuri Temirkanov is apparently available for a limited number of cancellations each season.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's music director emeritus has canceled his scheduled appearances here March 26-29 -- "indisposed" is the reason I hear -- as he did in 2006 and several times before that when he was still music director. From what I gather, he's also bailing on concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Boston Symphony Orchestra in March and April. (It's not the first time he canceled on Boston.) Last month, he dropped commitments with an orchestra in London.

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In Baltimore, Temirkanov will be replaced, as he was in 2006, by Yan Pascal Tortelier.

(I'm heading to New York today for a weekend of opera and the opening concert at Lincoln Center's freshly and mightily renovated Alice Tully Hall, where the performers will include Baltimore's own living legend, pianist Leon Fleisher. I'll add more details on Temirkanov as I get them along the way.)

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