Monday (3/22) on the Boston Globe blog Culture Desk, Geoff Edgers reports, “James Levine, whose tenure as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra has been marked by injuries, will miss the remainder of the BSO’s season due to his chronic back problems. The BSO announced today that Levine, 66, will be replaced in a series of concerts over the next three weeks that were to have been his final performances of 2009-2010. Levine underwent surgery for a herniated disc last fall, forcing him to miss months at the BSO and the Metropolitan Opera, where he also serves as music director. He returned to Symphony Hall in January. … Replacing Levine on the podium will be Jayce Ogren, former assistant conductor of The Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, for the BSO’s March 25, 26, and 27 world premiere of Peter Lieberson’s ‘Songs of Love and Sorrow.’ Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos will conduct the BSO’s performances of Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’ on April 1, 2, and 3 in Symphony Hall and April 5 in Carnegie Hall. The BSO is still looking for a replacement during the third week Levine will miss.”

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Posted March 23, 2010