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After last-minute cancellation, Emmanuel Villaume steps up to lead L.A. Phil
After last-minute cancellation, Emmanuel Villaume steps up to lead L.A. Phil

The Los Angeles Philharmonic concert Friday night was supposed to have been a return engagement for Vasily Petrenko, the Russian-born conductor who recently completed an outstanding recorded Shostakovich symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. But on Tuesday, the Philharmonic announced that Petrenko had to cancel and fly to St. Petersburg, Russia, for the funeral of his mother. So up to the Walt Disney Concert Hall podium stepped French-born conductor Emmanuel Villaume, who just finished his second season as music director of the Dallas Opera and happened to be vacationing in Malibu when he got the call. “We will make it fun anyway!” his Facebook posting said --...

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