Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yefim Bronfman cancel Hollywood Bowl appearance

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Yefim Bronfman cancel Hollywood Bowl appearance
Yefim Bronfman taking a bow along with Esa -Pekka Salonen with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in 2007. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and pianist Yefim Bronfman have canceled their joint appearance on Tuesday with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. Orchestra leaders said that Bronfman had to withdraw for medical reasons and that Salonen canceled for unforeseen personal reasons.

The concert will take place as scheduled with the same program consisting of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concert No. 1 and Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" Suite.  Conductor James Gaffigan will lead the orchestra, with pianist Behzod Abduraimov.

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Orchestra leaders said that Bronfman's cancelation was due to an "unavoidable scheduling of a minor medical procedure." The orchestra had billed the Salonen-Bronfman joint appearance as "a rare visit to the Hollywood Bowl for both artists."

Salonen is still scheduled to appear at the Bowl on July 17 for a concert with the L.A. Philharmonic featuring pianist Yuja Wang. The Finnish conductor served as the music director of the orchestra from 1992 to 2009, and currently holds the title of conductor laureate.

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