FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
September 22, 2001
Contact: Eric Latzky 212-875-5715
KURT MASUR TO WITHDRAW FROM CONCERTS FOR HEALTH REASONS
This afternoon, at a rehearsal at Avery Fisher Hall, Maestro Kurt Masur announced to the New York Philharmonic that beginning in December he would withdraw from two weeks of concerts, in addition to the New Year's Eve performance, for health reasons. Mr. Masur will honor all commitments through November. He informed the Orchestra that he will receive an organ transplant, which he specified is not the heart, and said, happily, that a suitable organ donor has been located. Surgery is expected to take place in late November in Europe. The required recovery period is approximately two months. Mr. Masur plans to return to the podium of the New York Philharmonic to conduct Wagner's Tristan und Isolde in concert, scheduled for the subscription week that begins on Thursday, February 7, 2002.
The entire New York Philharmonic family wishes Maestro Masur a complete and speedy recovery. We look forward to welcoming him back, to the celebration of his tenure as Music Director, and to concerts with the Orchestra in Germany and Asia in June 2002.