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James Judd steps onto BSO podium

James Judd, a dynamic British conductor who is currently music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, will fill in for Baltimore Symphony Orchestra music director Yuri Temirkanov in concerts this weekend.

Temirkanov has been in St. Petersburg leading concerts as founding artistic director of the 11-day International Winter Festival, Arts Square. He came down with a bad cold New Year's Eve and, although in better shape for last night's performance featuring the Russian debut of the Morgan State University Choir, is still not fully recovered.

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This marks the second time this season the BSO's 65-year- old music director has canceled appearances with the orchestra. The first occasion was in November, after what was described as minor surgery; he returned to the BSO podium the week after his hospital stay in Baltimore.

Judd will be making his BSO debut leading the same program that Temirkanov was to have conducted - Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5 and Brahms' Double Concerto, with BSO concertmaster Jonathan Carney and principal cellist Ilya Finkelshteyn as soloists.

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For tickets or information, call 410-783-8000.


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