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April 26, 2011

Conductor David Afkham Photo: Horschülr für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar

Now here’s some exciting news. The Los Angeles Philharmonic has just announced that David Afkham will be the last minute replacement for Jaap van Zweden in this weekend’s performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Prokofiev's Sinfonia concertante. Afkham has won a number of big conducting programs including the inaugural 2010 Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. He’s a protégé of Valery Gergiev and has worked as Assistant Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra since 2007. The 28-year-old German maestro is in town conducting some of the Toyota Symphonies for Youth programs and was tagged to fill in for this previously scheduled program as well. Word is that he’s the next big thing and in a twist, actually has the talent to back it up, so his mainstage appearance should be worth seeing.



This is breaking news within breaking news: Brian of OWA is excited about the program change from Escher's Musique pour l'esprit en deuil (1943) to Beethoven's Coriolan Overture! Will wonders ever cease?
Actually, van Zweden did a very fine job in his previous visit to LA and i am sad and disappointed that he is too ill to conduct this week. However, i certainly wish nothing but good luck to David Afkham who seems like a genuinely decent person and a talented conductor. This evening at the Walt Disney Concert Hall he is leading a performance of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat.
You wrote, "Afkham has one a number of big conducting programs" when I think you meant "won." Love the substitution, however, made me think of that song from "A Chorus Line"...One...Singular Sensation.
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