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Ready for anything: major stars step up

  • Jul 3, 2010
One thing about working for an organization with the stature and connections of the OBF. When there's a need for a last-minute fill-in, options arise. First, there was Tamara Wilson knocking socks off with one week's notice as soprano for the opening night of the Verdi Requiem. Then, on July 1, we learned that, due to illness, Jeff Kahane would have to withdraw from his extensive role as guest artist in five separate concerts. John Evans and the team made all the calls and emails. And practically on a moment's notice, secured four different performers to take Jeff's place. Robert Levin and Monica Huggett are extending their commitments to help cover. The major heroes are Nicholas McGegan—international conductor, director of the Philharmonia Baroque, and as of June 14, 2010, an Officer of the British Empire—and Shai Wosner, the brilliant young pianist who Jeff Kahane tabbed as his own replacement for the LA Chamber Orchestra's broadcast of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3, which Wosner conducted from the keyboard. Here he is at the 92nd St Y: See the OBF news for full details on the program changes. Read All