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Illness results in change of PSO conductor

| Monday, March 2, 2009

Hannu Lintu will conduct the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at this weekend's concerts that were to have been led by Charles Dutoit , who canceled due to illness.

The substitute conductor will be making his local debut, as is piano soloist Yuja Wang . Lintu, 41, becomes principal conductor of the Tempere Philharmonic in Finland in September 2009. He studied cello, piano and conducting at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.

The Pittsburgh Symphony program will be unchanged: Igor Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" Concerto, Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Yuja Wang as soloist, and Claude Debussy's "Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune" (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) and "La Mer" (The Sea).

The concerts will start at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Heinz Hall, Downtown. Admission is $12.50 to $79.

Details: 412-392-4900.

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